WSC Rises in National Rankings
Published: 10-26-2010 4:00 pm
Wayne State welcomes the latest USNews & World Report college rankings, which ranked the college 88th among Midwest universities. The college was ranked 92nd in last year's edition. Wayne State also is ranked 33rd among the public colleges in this year's report.
"These things don't happen by themselves," said Curt Frye, interim president of Wayne State. "It's a combination of hard work and a commitment to providing a quality education at one of the most affordable prices in the region. We have seen a steady climb in the USNews report during the past 10 years and we expect to continue to rise. We know rankings don't define us, but we are heartened to receive recognition for our devotion to keeping classes small, alumni engaged and students on track to finish their degrees."
A look at the numbers used to calculate the rankings reveals several areas of excellence at the college. Of the 142 universities in the college's 12-state region, only 18 had a higher rate of alumni giving rate (16 percent of WSC alumni give). The Wayne State Foundation continues to reach our graduates and engender a sense of appreciation for the outstanding education they received at the college. That gratitude often translates into gifts that further the mission of the college. The foundation plays a pivotal role in ensuring that students have access to the resources they need to afford college.
The college's graduation rate and freshmen retention rate (49 percent and 69 percent respectively) were on par with schools ranked much higher than Wayne State. The college takes great pride in noting these retention/graduation rates given that Wayne State has a 100 percent acceptance rate versus a rate that plunges as low as 41 percent among the universities with higher ranking.
Students frequently put class size at the top of their reasons for college choice. The report noted that 42 percent of Wayne State's classes have less than 20 students, compared to 45 percent for Creighton University, which was ranked first overall among Midwestern universities. Of the 142 colleges and universities in the Midwest rankings, only 41 joined Wayne State with having one percent or less of classes of more than 50 students.
The new crop of students, our enthusiastic returning students and continued recognition of the college's efforts to provide a quality, affordable education place a fine exclamation point on the college's Centennial celebration.