September 2, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- For the ninth consecutive year, Western Michigan University has been listed as one of the nation's top 228 national universities by U.S. News &World Report magazine.
The Aug. 31 edition of the magazine included the publication's 1998 list of America's best colleges. The magazine has been rating American colleges and universities for more than a decade and uses categories established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
"I am delighted that we have, for the ninth straight year, been ranked by U.S. News among the nation's top national universities," President Floyd said. "It's important to note that of the more than 2,000 colleges and universities examined by U.S. News, fewer than 150 public institutions were judged to be truly national in their stature, quality and scope. That is quite an accomplishment and one for which we should all take great pride."
The magazine defines "national universities" as those that offer a full range of majors as well as doctoral degrees that place a strong emphasis on research. The only other Michigan universities on the "national" list are the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University.
To compile its rankings, the magazine weighs such factors as academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
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