Wikipedia:WikiProject Stanford University/Assessment

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Quality scale[edit]

The quality "class" an article receives should follow Wikipedia's regular guidelines for quality found below.

Articles which have not been formerly evaluated, or which have failed a good article review, should not be assigned a quality rating higher than B class. Above that an article needs to go through a formal review process.
WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

Status Meaning of Status
Top This article is of the utmost importance to this project, as it forms the basis of all information.
High This article is fairly important to this project, as it covers a general area of knowledge.
Mid This article is relatively important to this project, as it fills in some more specific knowledge of certain areas.
Low This article is of little importance to this project, but it covers a highly specific area of knowledge or an obscure piece of trivia.

Notes on importance to WikiProject Stanford[edit]

This is only for assessment of articles that fall within the Stanford WikiProject.

For determining the Importance rating (Low, Mid, High, Top) please keep the following in mind:

  • Keep a historical perspective.
  • Every item in the Project is already important and notable, otherwise it would not be on Wikipedia. Low does not mean the subject is not important.
  • The rating is in terms of the subject's importance to the Stanford project; Mark Hatfield, who served as Governor and U.S. Senator from Oregon is of High importance to that project, but since his affiliation with Stanford (a master's degree) is not significant, he is low for the Stanford project. Conversely, Donald Kennedy, a president of Stanford, is of High importance to our project but Low importance to the Biography project.
  • Approximate breakdown of the percentage of articles in each category as a goal:
    • Low=55%
    • Mid=30%
    • High=15%
    • Top=1%


  • Top - Probably no one but if one had to be chosen, it should start with a founder such as Jane Stanford (i.e., many volumes could be and might have been written about their influence upon Stanford)
  • High - People who have had a profound influence upon Stanford. This includes the founders, major University presidents, and a few others (i.e., whole books could be written about their influence upon Stanford)
  • Mid - People who have had a major influence upon Stanford as a whole or a profound influence upon a smaller portion of the university. Major football coaches, major Deans of Schools, donors/trustees prominent for being Stanford donors/trustees, major professors (i.e., several chapters)
  • Low - People of less but not insignificant influence upon the university or who have been heavily influenced by the university (i.e., at least a few paragraphs could be written about their connection to the university within their Wikipedia article without seeming to be filler). I've added David Harris (protester) at the low level since he was a student leader during some of the protests in the late 60s.
  • Should not be in the project - their only connection is attending/visiting/being employed with no significant influence upon the university. They can and should be in the list of Stanford Alumni (or other appropriate list).


  • Buildings should go into the Low category unless they have some national or historical significance (Stanford Mausoleum)in which case they are Mid; if they are associated strongly with, and define Stanford (Hoover Tower) then High.
  • Institutions or departments are generally Low; each of the schools (Stanford University School of Medicine) are Mid.
  • Physical geography articles (Lake Lagunita) should go into the Low category.


  • Event articles should go into the Low category. This includes athletic teams and seasons, except for those that brough prominence to Stanford, such as an undefeated football season (Mid) or national championship basketball team (High).

Other items[edit]

  • For everything else, the default should be Low. Then if there is some sort of significant reason to move it up to Mid do so if the item had a lasting effect of more than a year or so. If the effects are larger or longer term then High. If it helps to define what Stanford is to people, then Top.