Texas A&M University placed second nationally in Washington Monthly’s new rankings, which take into major consideration factors such as research and service.
In the magazine’s 2012 rankings released Monday (Aug. 27), Texas A&M was runner-up to the University of California at San Diego.
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said it is “gratifying” to see a focus on factors such as research and service, in addition to the polls that emphasize traditional aspects, including academic quality, “best buy” and employer-satisfaction considerations — all factors in which Texas A&M also fares well.
“We are obviously pleased to rank exceptionally high in Washington Monthly’s unique rating system that embraces factors in which we think Texas A&M excels and which complement those in other well-known national ratings.” Loftin said. “It is gratifying indeed to see such an approach, with Texas A&M recognized nationally for its service and societal contributions and to be in the company with many of our peer universities.”
Rounding out the top 10 institutions as determined by Washington Monthly (in order): Stanford University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; University of California-Berkeley; University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA); Case Western Reserve University; University of Washington; University of California-Riverside, and Georgia Tech.
The Washington Monthly editors say the three major factors in their survey are: “social mobility,” which includes recruiting and graduating students from low-income families, which Texas A&M officials interpret as attracting students who are the first in their families to attend college; research, producing cutting-edge scholarship and graduate students; and service, encouraging students to give back to their country.
Washington Monthly’s complete rankings and methodology can be viewed here.
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