NEW: Washington Monthly College Rankings Shake Up Local Schools
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).
University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island's public university also took a big hit in Washington Monthly's overall rankings for National Universities in 2012, dropping from its #185 ranking last year, down to #243 for 2012, with an overall score of 31. URI's best rankings this year were in the areas of Community Service and Research. The school ranked #104 for its service staff, courses, and financial aid support, and it ranked #107 for faculty in national academies. With $90 million in research expenditures, the school ranked #128 overall for research investment, a drop of 5 spots from 2011.
Rhode Island College
The boldest move this year was at RIC, which jumped ahead of Johnson and Wales to claim the second-best Rhode Island ranking among Master's Universities, moving up from #459 last year, to #325. RIC posted a tremendous #32 overall ranking in social mobility, combining high percentage of students receiving Pell grants (41%) with a low net price of $7,699.
Johnson and Wales University
Next in line in the Master's University category, JWU dropped from #322 last year to #400 for 2012. The school performed best this year in the Service category, with a ranking of #72 in the number of staff, courses, and financial aid that support community service; and a ranking of #109 in student involvement in community service.
Following JWU, Smithfield's business-oriented university took the #606 spot for 2012, with a Top 100 performance in Peace Corps enrollment (#88).
Salve Regina University
The Newport institution ranked #633 this year out of 682 schools in the Master's University category. Salve's best ranking in 2012 was #183 for ROTC ranking, its only finish in the Top 200.
Roger Williams University
The Bristol-based university moved into the Master's University category this year from the Baccalaureate College category last year, and was ranked at #660. RWU's highest ranking in its new group was at #129 for Bachelor's to PhD.
Note: No RI schools were featured in the Liberal Arts Colleges or the Baccalaureate Colleges categories.
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