in 'Top Tier' of Midwest Public Universities
Michigan University is one of the best public universities in the
Midwest, according to the 2005 college rankings released by U.S.
News & World Report. NMU is ranked 13th in the “top tier”
among master’s-level public institutions. The Midwest region is
composed of 12 states that span from the Dakotas in the west to
Ohio in the east and as far south as Missouri.
is exciting to see Northern in the top tier of these competitive
rankings,” said NMU President Les Wong. “The university
has gained national recognition through its university-wide notebook
computer program, which creates a more connected learning community.
But it has always enjoyed a reputation for personalized attention
and effective teaching. This high-tech, high-touch combination is
what convinced me to come to Northern and it is obvious the U.S.
News & World Report radar has picked up on these strengths
shares the 13th ranking among Midwest public universities with Southwest
Missouri State and Western Illinois. The magazine ranked NMU 55th
among all Midwest institutions – public or private – in the master’s
category. Schools that fall within this designation offer a comprehensive
range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs and typically
recruit students from their own state or surrounding states.
News & World Report collected data from more than 1,400
accredited four-year colleges related to “15 indicators of academic
excellence.” These measures – assigned various weight based on judgments
about their degree of importance – include peer assessment, graduation
and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, class sizes, academic
credentials of incoming freshmen, financial resources and alumni
giving. For the regional rankings, U.S. News & World Report
compared 572 schools in four geographic areas.
2005 rankings will be included in U.S. News & World Report's
“America’s Best Colleges” guide. Highlights are also included
in the Aug. 23 newsstand issue and on the magazine's Web site.