CSULB Ranked 4th Best Public Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report

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csulb America’s Best CollegesU.S.News & World Report has ranked California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) the fourth best public regional university in the western United States in its 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges Guide,” which will be released on Aug. 24. The West region includes 13 states from Texas to California to Washington and includes Alaska and Hawaii.

It is the third year in a row that CSULB has been ranked in the No. 4 spot. Overall, however, the Long Beach campus moved up to 24th among the more than 120 western public and private regional universities named in the 2011 guide. Last year, the university ranked 26th.

In all, more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools nationwide were included in the U.S.News & World Report rankings.

“Despite the difficult economic situation our institution has faced over the last year, we’ve been able to maintain our standing as one of the best universities in the West. In fact, overall, we improved our ranking slightly,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “The success of Cal State Long Beach in these ratings is a direct result of the efforts of our faculty and staff, who were asked to sacrifice a great deal during the last academic year but continued to serve students with the same professionalism and pride.”

CSULB was also recognized by the publication in one of its other ranking categories – “racial diversity.” The Long Beach campus ranked No. 5 among all regional universities in the west with a 0.69 diversity index score. 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.

“We are also proud that the rankings recognized the campus for its ethnic diversity,” Alexander added. “A university’s student enrollment should reflect the diverse communities that it serves. Cal State Long Beach does that, and it is an area we focus on improving every year.”

U.S. News has made some changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. This year, schools are designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges. The publication is displaying the numerical rank of the top 75 percent of schools in each category, up from 50 percent, and for the first time, the opinions of high school guidance counselors are factored.

The 2011 “Best Colleges” package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The exclusive rankings are available today on the U.S.News & World Report website, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, on newsstands starting Aug. 31.

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