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UE Ranked Among Top 40 Master’s Universities by Washington Monthly

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013

For its impact on students’ lives and the public good, the University of Evansville has been ranked 36th out of 684 universities in the Master’s Universities category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Washington Monthly calls its list “a different kind of college ranking” that aims to “identify institutions that are acting on behalf of the true public interest.” The magazine scored the nation’s colleges and universities in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and students who go on to earn PhDs), and service (teaching and encouraging students to give back).

“At the University of Evansville, we’re dedicated to providing a meaningful educational experience and transforming the lives of the people we serve. This also means educating students about the importance of social responsibility,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “While rankings only capture part of the richness of the college experience, the Washington Monthly ranking is particularly noteworthy because it confirms what I see on campus every day: students and faculty dedicated to making an impact in their community and their world.”

Among the factors considered in the rankings were the number of students receiving Pell Grants, predicted versus actual graduation rates, research expenditures, the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps and the ROTC, and the hours of community service students performed.

“Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend,” wrote the magazine’s editors in their introduction to this year’s rankings. “Universities that bring in research dollars are rewarded by our standards, as are those whose undergraduates go on to earn PhDs. And we recognize institutions that are committed to public service, both in the way they teach and in encouraging students to enter service-focused careers.”

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly magazine based in Washington, D.C., that covers politics, government, culture, and the media. The complete 2013 College Rankings and methodology are available online.

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