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201311percentageoftheapplicantpooladmittedorclasssizewouldbefactoredintoaratingsystem.Theseareallthingsthathavesomeinteresttoanapplicantseekingadmissiontoaparticularschoolbutdistillingsuchdataintoarankingdoesntmakemuchsensebecausethedataaresoeasilyavailabletoapplicantsthroughpublicsources.Amuchmoreimportantandimpressivemetricforaratingsystemmightbeonebasedonwhatadentalschoolactuallyachieveswiththestudentstheydoadmit.Whenexcellentstudentsenteraschoolandequallyexcellentstudentsexititfouryearslateritdoesntreallysaymuchabouttheeducationalprogramwhethertransformativechangeat-tributablespecificallytotheschoolitsprogramsanditsfac-ultyisarealisticexpectation.Goodstudentsinabadenvironmenttypicallymakethebestofitandstilllearnalotevenwhenthesystemineffectworksagainstthem.Ontheotherhandwhenstudentswithmarginalbackgroundsgoontobrilliantcareersitsayssomethingabouttheeducationalprogramitselfasopposedtothequalificationsthestudentscameinwith.RatherthanfocusonadmissionnumberseasythoughtheyaretosecureitmightmakemoresensetolookatthepassrateonPartIandPartIIoftheNationalBoardExaminationandonregionallicensingexaminations.ThisalldistillstoasimplefactData-drivenrankingsarenotthatusefulwhentheinstitutionsbeingrankedarenotvoluntaryparticipantsintheratingsystembecausethequantityandqualityofdataareoftenonlywhateverispubliclyavailable.Theelementsofaratingsystemwouldneedtogofarbeyondthiswhattheed-ucationalprogramactuallypro-ducesespeciallyintermsofoutcomemeasuresthatarenotpubliclyevident.Idontthinkitwouldtakelongforwell-inten-tionededucatorspractitionersahighlyqualifiedthinktanksuchastheSantaFeGroupandmembersofthepublictode-finetheappropriateparametersparametersbasedonoutputsnotinputs.Itwouldrequirethatthevoluntarilyparticipatinginstitutionbewillingtoinvesttimemoneyandeffortinsecur-ingfollow-updatareflectingtherealimpactofitseducationalprograms.ExampleswerementionedearlierSomeschoolspurporttoeducatepublicservice-orientedgraduateswhowilldisproportionatelyseekemployedpositionsinthepublicsectorratherthaninhigher-incomeprivatepractice.DoessuchaschoolcrediblydeliveronthatclaimoverthelongtermSuchinformationcouldbefac-toredintoarating.Schoolsacceptingmajorsubsidiesfromstategovernmentscouldaccountforadisproportionatebenefittothecitizensofthestatethatpaidthebillifsuchabenefitactuallyexists.High-tuitionschoolsthatclaimoutstandingfacultyandstrongresearchprogramsoughttobeabletodifferentiatetheperformanceoftheirstudentsonobjectiveexternalmeasuresofachievementincomparisontootherschools.Beyondthenecessityofparticipationbytheschoolbeingratedprotractedpreparationtimewouldberequiredaswouldasitevisitbyaknowledgeablereviewteam.Thiswouldbeaworthwhileinvestmentforaninstitutioniftheresaplatinumratingintheoffing.Noneofthisiseasybutitsimportantandworthwhile.AswiththeU.S.GreenBuildingCouncilsLEEDratingthefoundingpremisehastobestatedunambiguouslysothatinsti-tutionscanknowthecriteriatheyneedtoaimforineachrat-ingcategory.AswiththeLEEDsystemitwouldbeimportantforaninstitutiontotargettheratingitisseekingthatisnoteveryinstitutionshouldaimforplatinumandfailingthatbegrantedgoldorsilverasaconsolationprize.Criteriaforcate-gorieswouldneedtobedefinedinsufficientdetailsothataninstitu-tioncanprettymuchknowthatitqualifiesaheadoftime.Ofcoursethedesignationsplatinumgoldsilverandcertifieddoconveyanimplicitstatementofqualitybuttheyareallgood.Thedesignationsforaratingsystemcouldbenon-hierarchicalresemblingtheCarnegieclassificationsmentionedearlierratherthantheLEED-stylerating.isethcsaLgtmatoutcmJustabouteverybodyknowsthatthedentalprofessionhasgottenitselfinaterriblefix.Thedeathofa12-year-oldfromdentaldiseasebroughttopublicattentionanegregiousdispar-ityinaccesstodentalcarebetweenrichandpoor.Todaywhenthedentalprofessionismentionedinthemediathenewsistoooftenbadarealpublicrelationsdisaster.Idobelievethatwhenconsideringdentistsasawholeasignificantsegmentofthepopulationthinksthatdentistsaremoreinterestedintheir