cahwc12 wrote: pastapplicant wrote: dingbat wrote:
Merriam-Webster wrote:1 : one that is of equal standing with another : equal ; especially : one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status
how are a school's students it's peers?
A school's peers are other schools.
lol i always laugh at those memes. especially when they hit the mark and the ownee backtracks to save himself.
I backtracked because I disagree? I understand what peer means. I argue that "peer assessment" as USNWR applies it isn't actual peer assessment. When looking at a school, do you care more about what the other schools think of your schools, or what the students going there think of the school?
It has long been argued (LinkRemoved) that the peer assessment metric is largely a circlejerk based on the USNWR rankings, and that being a law school professor ill-equips one to make qualitative judgments about other schools. What would they base it off of? Cost of attendance and employment outcomes? Prestige? USNWR rankings? All of these things are simply derivative of other areas, and in the last case, doubly so.
Look, it's totally reasonable to argue that peer assessment isn't valuable to students figuring out where to go to school and it shouldn't factor into rankings, but just because you don't/people shouldn't care about peer assessments doesn't magically make student assessments of law schools peer assessments. Students' peer assessments would be of other students, because a student simply isn't a peer of an institution - that's not how it works. You could possibly argue that what we should be looking at is how a student's
peer would assess their own school, which again, fine, but that's not a school's
peer assessment, which is how the term is being used.