Listing MA Program Placements

A student has written with a question about how MA programs should list their placements: should the program list all of the PhD programs (or other programs) to which their students were admitted, or should the program list only those PhD programs which their students ended up enrolling?

My sense is that so long as the information is very clearly labeled, either is fine. Without such labeling—for example, when a list is provided of “PhD programs to which our students were admitted”—the following kind of problem might arise: one particularly exceptional student’s success in gaining admission to a large number of excellent PhD programs, if added to a general list, can give a misleading sense of the MA programs’s placement abilities.

Other thoughts about this?

I think this is an excellent model for how the listings should be done.

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