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U.S.News & World Report Places CSULB Third

For the third consecutive year, CSULB was ranked third among the top public master’s universities in the west by U.S.News & World Report in its 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges Guide, which was released Aug. 18.

Included among the 63 western master’s universities ranked by the magazine in its top tier, CSULB once again was among the top 25 percent of 123 public and private universities in its category in the region.

“Despite the fact that most of the criteria used by U.S.News & World Report overwhelmingly favor small private institutions while underestimating the vastness of a public university’s social and economic contributions, we are very pleased to be ranked once again as one of the best in the nation and the west,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

“This is a tribute to the ongoing efforts of our world-class faculty and staff,” he added, “while also reemphasizing the important message that you do not have to spend a fortune to receive a highly valued and high quality collegiate experience today.”

Alexander noted that CSULB also was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a top institution in terms of the lightest debt load on its student. The university’s Class of 2005 graduated with the fifth lowest debt load among master’s universities in the west.

In U.S.News & World Report’s survey methodology, colleges provide data for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects publication officials’ judgment regarding how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Among the indicators used to measure the academic quality of the colleges and universities were peer assessment (weighted by 25 percent), retention (25 percent in master’s colleges), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), and alumni giving rate (5 percent).