Wikipedia:WikiProject Higher education/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject Higher education! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Universities and College articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Higher education}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Higher education articles by quality, Category:Higher education articles needing attention, and Category:Universities collaborations. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questionsEdit

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject Higher education, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Higher education is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
Where can I get more comments about my article?
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Higher education who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Higher education who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject Higher education directly.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and parameters in the {{WikiProject Higher education}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject Higher education}}
  • Displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality parameter.
{{WikiProject Higher education|class=FA}}
  • All assessed articles should have quality filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject Higher education|class=Start|attention=yes}}
  • If an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. The only valid parameter for this field is "yes". If it does not need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject Higher education|class=B|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|collaboration-past=[[April]] [[2006]]}}
  • If an article has been the SATM or COTM, these tags get added in this format.

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Higher education articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

Quality scaleEdit

All examples below are as of April 2011. Please note that a B-Class article must include at least one reference.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme