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10WinTersomethingaboutdentistrysstatureinthefuture.Idothinkthathavingdentalschoolsatthemostprestigiousuniversitiesinthecountryhasmadeadifferenceinhowthedentalprofes-sionhasbeenviewedasawhole.Idoworrythattherichnessanddiversityofhealthscienceseducationwithinamajorre-searchuniversityisatriskofbeinglost.elmnsofarainSysmgoinByonrsachResearchofcourseisonlypartofthestory.Forinstanceconsiderthoseschoolsthatsacrificearesearchagendainthenameofeducatingdentiststohelpredressthedisparityinac-cesstocarebetweentheaffluentandtheindigent.DosuchschoolsofferamarkedlyreducedtuitionandoragreatlyenhancedfinancialaidpackageDothegraduatesofsuchschoolsbearsignificantlylowerdebtburdensmakingitmorelikelythattheycanenterthepublicservicesec-torIfthisisnotthecaseistheresomelogicalresolutiontotheinconsistencybetweenastatedmissiontoservethebroaderpublichealthwhileatthesametimeburdeningstu-dentswithadebtlevelthatal-mostassurestraditionalprivatepracticeastheonlyfinanciallyviableoptionavailabletothemFromtheinstitutionsperspectivedoeschargingahightu-itionwhileatthesametimenotinvestinginfacultypreclinicalandclinicalfacilitiesandresearchprogramsaccomplishany-thingbeyondgeneratingsignificantfinancialsurplusesfortheownersofthedentalschoolTheapproachtakenbysomeofthenewerschoolsisnottheonlyoneworthdiscussionConsiderlong-establishedpublicdentalschoolsofferingamodesttuitionforin-stateresidents.Aretheresidentsinthosestatesthataresubsidizingtheeduca-tionofdentalstudentsgettingtheirmoneysworthDotu-ition-subsidizedgraduatesofpublicdentalschoolsgiveasufficientreturnonthestatesinvestmentinthemForinstanceabsentthedebtburdencarriedbyprivatedentalschoolgradu-atesdodentistswhograduatefrompublicdentalschoolschargetheirpatientslessonaverageAretheymorelikelytoparticipateinMedicaidreimbursementprogramsAretheymorelikelytoacceptpatientswhoareonpublicassistanceorarecompletelyindigentAretheymorelikelytopracticeinun-derservedareasAregraduateswhobenefitedfromheavilystate-subsidizededucationsevenlikelytoremaininthestatethatpaidforabigchunkoftheireducationSuchacritiquecanbetailoredtoanydentalschoolArethehigh-tuitionresearch-intensivedentalschoolsreallydeliveringonwhatthestudentsarepayingforAsimportantasIthinkaneducationcoloredbyresearchmaybeonetaughtbythehigh-est-qualityfacultyatthebestuniversitiesmaybethatsnotwhatalotofstudentsarereallyinterestedin.Maybethebeststudentsgotothecheapestschoolsbecausetheiracademicrecordsarethemostcompetitiveandtheyhavethechoiceofattendinganydentalschooltheywant.Maybewhatsleftarethelessacademicallygiftedwhoaretheleastlikelytobenefitfromthekindofeducationafirst-ratefac-ultyandafirst-rateuniversitycanoffer.Ifahigh-tuitionresearch-intensivedentalschoolreallyisofferingabettereducationalproductitoughttobeabletoproveit.Itispreciselybecauseeachoftheseviewpointsiscrediblydefen-siblethatIthinkaratingsystemisagoodidea.Leteveryoneknowexactlywhattheyregettinginto.thdiculisofdvisinarainSysmInevitablyaratingsystemisvalues-driven.Forinstancethead-containingwebsitehttpdental-schools.findthebest.comoffersrankingsbasedonwhatitclaimsareunbiaseddata-drivencomparisons.Howeverthedatahastobeevaluatedbysomeoneandwhoeverthatanonymouspersonisheorshewillhaveavaluesystemthatdecideswhatwillbeincludedwhatwillbeexcludedandwhattheweightaccordedeachcate-gorywillbe.TherankingisbasedontheschoolsprogramsandstatisticsincludingaverageDATscoresmeanGPAadmit-tedclasssizeNIDCRfundingandmore.ThewebsitestatesthatFindTheBestgathersratingsfromthemostrespectedex-pertsineachcategory.WhoexactlyaretheseexpertsandhowdothechoseninputdatamakeadifferenceintheeventualeducationaloutcomethethingwerereallyinterestedinIwonderwhymeancollegeGPADATscorestuitionlocation