DSU moves up in Best College report
By JANE UTECHT, Staff Reporter
Dakota State University has moved up in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings this year, into a six-way tie for 86th place among Midwest regional universities, with a score of 39/100.|
In the 2013 ranking, the Madison college was 98th, scoring 35/100. Tied with DSU are Marian University (Fond du Lac, Wis.); Southeast Missouri State (Cape Girardeau, Mo.); University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.); University of St. Francis (Fort Wayne, Ind.); William Woods University (Fulton, Mo.); and Bemidji State (Minn).
The top school in that category is Creighton University in Omaha.
DSU President Dr. David Borofsky said the university has worked hard to provide students a quality education, although he admits, "We're never pleased if we're not number 1."
Still, given the thousands of universities, DSU officials are happy with #86. The university will take this report "as an opportunity to look at what we can do better," he said.
One portion of the report talks about "Hot college majors that lead to jobs," and Borofsky said that DSU's cybersecurity program is mentioned with a quote from Josh Pauli, associate professor of cybersecurity.
"That is good publicity," Borofsky said.
U.S. News & World Report has been publishing this listing annually since 1985, from information collected from surveys completed by school officials, and school websites. Their website (colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges) lists information about the schools' enrollment, cost, academic and student life, class size, student/faculty ratio, graduation rates, etc. The results from the 1,800 schools are divided into sections -- national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional colleges. The difference between a university and college distinction is the number of graduate programs a school offers.
The top national university is Princeton; the top liberal arts school is Williams College in Williamston, Md. The best value school is Harvard, where the average yearly cost after applying needs grants is $15,486.
DSU's yearly cost is $8,286 for in-state tuition.
Around the region, USD ranks #190 in the national universities category; SDSU is #201. In the regional colleges division, Augustana (Sioux Falls) ranks third, USF is #35, Dakota Wesleyan is #52 and Northern State is #56.