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Michael Shea

Michael is a full-time master’s student in the Warner School’s Higher Education program specializing in student affairs. A Buffalo, NY native, Michael graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science in May 2009.

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  1. Robert
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    It is sad but rankings matter and they matter in a global sense. They matter for Americans, for Europeans (I teach at an European University), for members of various societies and nationalities. And there is a simple reason for this: People care very much about what others think, what the majority believes. And it’s easier to rely on already existent opinions than doing a research yourself. Rankings mean that somebody has already done a deep research, they indicate good quality and that some facts are true for the majority of people, and now the question arises if one should follow them or act as an individual. In most cases – though we should never speak in general – a good ranking of a school or university is enough to make a decision. It happens not very frequent that decisions are based on individual research. Of course, this is true for my experiences and others might have different ones. But nevertheless the fact that there are so many different rakings shows that there must be a need for them.

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