NEW: Washington Monthly 2012 Rankings—How’d Local Colleges Do?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
What matters at Washington Monthly: the public good
Unlike other rankings, Washington Monthly assesses how much a college or university contributes to the public good, and this year the editors have factored in a more strenuous review of cost and bang for the buck. Three areas form the basis of each school's ranking: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Further, Washington Monthly groups schools in four categories: Liberal Arts Colleges, National Universities, Master's Universities, and Baccalaureate Colleges (for more on the methodology, go here).
The top-performing Central MA university ranked #107 out of 281 National Universities in 2012, with an overall score of 50. Clark posted its best performance in the area of Community Service, where it ranked #3 overall for Peace Corps ranking, as well as #39 nationally in community service participation among students. The school also performed well in certain Research categories, including #34 for Bachelor's to PhD rank, and #39 for faculty in national academies. Clark's Social Mobility ranking was in the bottom third of the group, though, at #218.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
College of the Holy Cross
Holy Cross is ranked in Washington Monthly's 254 Liberal Arts Colleges, and placed #173 overall with a score of 31. Highlights included an ROTC ranking of #20, a Bachelor's to PhD rank of #57, and a Research-related laurel for a $1.28 million research budget--placing it at #62 in this group of schools.
Anna Maria College
Out of 682 Master's Universities, Anna Maria was the highest-ranking Central MA school, coming in at #485 (with a score of 35). The school's best performances were in Community Service, ranking #113 in student participation and #135 in service staff, courses, and financial aid support of community service.
This second-highest performer among Master's Universities, Assumption ranked #504 overall for 2012, with a nearly Top 100 ranking for Peace Corps (#105) and a respectable #138 for Bachelor's to PhD rank.
Worcester State University
With a score of 33, Worcester State ranked #537 among Master's Universities in 2012, with a strong performance in Social Mobility (ranking #145), offering Pell Grants to 26% of its students and charging $10,962.
Fitchburg State University
The lowest-ranking Central MA institution in this group, Fitchburg State ranked #597 overall, but did rank a respectable #143 on Social Mobility (26% Pell Grants and a cost of $9,991).
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