Top 3 Public Universities in the West
By Rick Gloady
State University, Long Beach has been ranked one of the top three public
masters universities in the west by U.S. News and World Report
in its 2005 America's Best Colleges Guide, which was released on Friday,
In addition, Cal State Long Beach was ranked among the top 32 colleges
and universities of all 129 private and public master's institutions
in the western United States, placing it in the first tier of rankings
(the top 25 percent) for the first time in the university's history.
"All of us at Cal State Long Beach have believed that we offer
the academic quality and student support that warrant inclusion in U.S.
News and World Report's upper tier," said Robert C. Maxson,
university president. "It is especially gratifying to achieve
this recognition in a survey that claims national attention. The
full credit here goes to the outstanding faculty and dedicated staff
who work to the benefit of our students every day."
As defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
institutions in the universities-master's category provide a full range
of undergraduate programs and some master's level programs. They also
offer few, if any, doctoral programs.Cal State Long Beach offers two
In U.S. News and 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).
CSULB also ranked first in the West among universities-master's institutions
in least debt load, meaning graduate's from the university's Class of
2003 graduated with the lightest debt load in the West. Some 29
percent of CSULB students graduating in 2003 had a debt load of $6,319
to top the list. By way of comparison, some 89 percent of 2003
graduates from the University of Great Falls in Montana graduated with
a debt load of $29,483, placing them among the 'most debt' list.
Finally, Cal State Long Beach was also mentioned as one of west's top
universities-master's institutions in student body diversity, ranking
seventh with a diversity index of 0.67. (The formula produces a
diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school's
number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population).