As the famous philosopher Confucius once said: “If your plan is for a year, then plant rice. If your plan is for a decade, then plant trees. But if your plan is for a lifetime, then educate your children.”
Parents invest their hard-earned money in building a strong educational foundation for their children by securing their admission in the best and most popular educational institution in town which claims to offer the best-quality education.
Parents should be well aware of the fact that while educating their children, they are making an investment for a lifetime, which calls for wise planning and research.
Quality education is important to bring up a generation with strong moral fundamentals, subject knowledge and expertise. The education should also arm them with the right attitude, life skills and competency required to flourish in this technologically and scientifically fast-paced world.
When it comes to choosing an educational institution, Lifology.com advises that rather than getting attracted by advertisements or promotional brochures, parents and students should consider some deeper and fundamental facts. This would spare you a lot of trouble with money, time and the quality of education.
Though differentiating institutions which cling to their promotional material can be quite difficult, the below enlisted suggestions can definitely assist you in the process of choosing the most appropriate one.
Just sticking to this TO DON’T list will help you arrive the right university list.
1. Don’t go by the 20 year old course list on decade old college websites
Check and verify whether the institute provides well-researched courses on the subject of your interest. Find out whether these courses are offered with an updated syllabus that meets the needs of the professional world.
2. Don’t let Google be the master of your child’s future
Before blindly going by its promos, learn about the institution well, not just through the internet, but also through alumni, teachers and rival institutions.
3. Never go for an institution just because it is near your home
The quality of the education provided and the purpose of your education should be the main concern.
4. Do not evaluate any institution by the grandeur of its infrastructure
As the number of pillars and the colour of its painting does not reflect the quality of education offered.
5. Do not go by the tuition fees
Do not relate the tuition fee with the quality of education as they seldom come in faithful union.
Believe in the institute’s human resources as the quality and skills of the teachers is what really counts in the classroom. Always go for qualified professors who have the potential to offer quality education along with good morals and life skills.
6. Never blindly believe the placement details or the list of associate companies
This data may have been collected over the years and may not be of current significance. The data may even be exaggerated. Talk to alumni for a better understanding of the job prospects. Extensive research is required on the authenticity of the details provided by the institutions. Again, for this too, a few enquiries with the alumni should bring about honest feedback and clarity on the details.
7. Don’t go by the accreditation claims
Verify the accreditation of the college and the parameters claimed for accreditation as well as courses offered and specializations, if any.
Do look around if the University offers plenty in the following areas:
- Student life and extra-curricular activities
- Financial aid offered and the credibility of the offers
- A track-record of producing brilliant professionals
- Admission record and graduation rate as well as drop out rate
- Quality of college premises, library management, lab facilities, health and safety, governance, student services, etc
Though it is not easy to do extensive research on all aspects of a college, or access all its details, becoming aware of and collecting considerably good information on the above-listed parameters before committing to an institution will definitely help you take an informed decision and narrow down the list of most appropriate colleges.