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Wayne State College Continues to Shine with National Honors and Recognitions

Published Friday, August 31st, 2018

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Students will be able to begin work within the new programs in the fall of 2017. The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees approved the programs at its meeting on March 24 in Peru, Neb. 

Wayne State College is ranked high among several national online ranking sources.

Within the last year, Wayne State College has accumulated several national honors and recognitions from online ranking sources. These include several national top-10 rankings.

Schools.com – Ranked No. 5 for Best Four-Year Colleges in Nebraska

Wayne State College is one of the best four-year colleges in Nebraska, according to Schools.com, following only Creighton University and the three University of Nebraska colleges. To rank the top Nebraska schools, factors such as tuition, schedule flexibility, academic variety, and financial aid were weighed. 

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Schools.com – Ranked in the Top 10 Best Colleges for Chemistry, Sport Management, and K-12 Education

Schools.com also rated specific programs. Nationally, Wayne State’s chemistry program ranks No. 2, the undergraduate sport management degree program ranks No. 4, and the K-12 education degree program ranks No. 9.

Learn more about the Best Colleges for Chemistry, Best Colleges for Sport Management, and Best Colleges for K-12 Education.

Schools.com – Ranked No. 1 Best College for Educational Leadership Degree Programs

Wayne State College’s graduate level education programs rank at the very top. Schools.com placed Wayne State in the No. 1 spot for educational leadership degree programs, including the Master of Science in Education (MSE) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees.

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EDsmart – Ranked No. 3 for Most Affordable Online Master’s Programs
Great Value Colleges – Ranked No. 5 for Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees
College Choice – Ranked No. 6 for Most Affordable Online Graduate School for a Master’s Degree
SR Education Group – Ranked No. 20 for Most Affordable Colleges for a Master’s in Education

Wayne State’s accredited online degree programs offer high-quality education, conveniently and at an affordable price, which has been nationally recognized by four ranking sources, EDsmart (No. 3), Great Value Colleges (No. 5), College Choice (No. 6), and SR Education Group (No. 20).

Learn more about the affordability rankings from EDsmart, Great Value Colleges, College Choice, and SR Education Group.

Student Loan Report – Ranked No. 25 for Awarding Most Scholarship Aid

When it comes to paying for college, there are alternatives to borrowing money. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not require repayment after school is completed – they are essentially “free money.” 

Wayne State College is among the top schools awarding the most in scholarship aid, ranking No. 25 in the nation. More than 500 public, four-year colleges were analyzed. Each school was ranked according to average scholarship financial aid per undergraduate, which was $1,034 for Wayne State recipients.

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College of Distinction

Wayne State College has been named once again as a College of Distinction. Colleges of Distinction honors and recognizes the hundreds of smaller, teaching-centered colleges that make up the fabric of the American educational system, schools that deliver well four overarching distinctions — Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes — which are the fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education.

To be designated a “college of distinction,” a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs. The process is objective, in-depth, and qualitative; however, quantitative data such as class-size statistics, faculty-to-student ratio, plus retention and four-year graduation rates are also taken into account.

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Military Friendly – Silver Award

Wayne State is proud to be a Military Friendly School. Military Friendly is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. 

This year WSC is the only four-year school in Nebraska to receive the Silver Award. Silver Award winners have programs that scored within 30 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.

Learn more about Military Friendly Schools.