Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Three local universities have been named among the best

Three local universities have been named among the best

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University also are ranked among the Best National Universities. A year ago, Howard University recorded an 11-point improvement.

LSU, whose highest ranking was 124th in 2011, finished behind nine schools in the Southeastern Conference.

The College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities with doctoral programs, up from 41st previous year. It's tied with Mississippi State University, Rowan University in New Jersey, the University of Central Florida and the University of Idaho, for the spot.

Politico argued recently that the US News & World ranking "create incentives for schools to favor wealthier students over less wealthy applicants". Only schools in the top half of the U.S. News Best Colleges ranking are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

Among national campuses, the Westwood school was ranked 21st, up from 24th previous year, when crosstown USC bested it by one place.

The University of Chicago has held onto its No. 3 spot in U.S. News and World Report rankings of national universities, as Northwestern University moved up the list and the University of IL at Champaign-Urbana fell. And the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is tied for sixth best in Top Public Schools of the West, up from ninth place in the 2017 rankings. Because of outstanding faculty, staff and students, Western Illinois University continues to achieve recognition from U.S.News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and others. The school also ranks high on another list it would probably rather avoid.

Ben Sowter, who is the research director at QS, said that a major takeaway from this years ranking is that employability does not depend entirely on prestige and selectivity as universities which have better graduate outcomes have been ranked high regardless of reputation.

This includes stressing the importance of taking 15 credit hours each semester and encouraging students to take advantage of co-curricular opportunities available like internships and job shadowing, she said.

Officials at the University of Mobile, which also came in at No. 5 among regional colleges in the South, celebrated the news as part of an ongoing surge.

The college tied for first in the region in average freshman retention rate (94 percent).

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