Washington Monthly: MSU among top 100

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Mississippi State once again is listed among the top 100
in Washington Monthly magazine’s College Guide and Rankings.

In a report released Monday [Aug. 26], the university is 71st in the annual
ranking of national universities, based on contributions to the public good
in the three categories of social mobility (recruiting and graduating
low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and
doctoral degrees) and service (encouraging students to give something back
to their country).

Jackson State University, the only other Mississippi institution on this
year’s list, is No. 80.

In 2005, MSU was on the publication’s list at No. 95.

Washington Monthly was established in 1969 to be “an independent voice in
politics, culture and the pursuit of good government.” In introducing the
2013 rankings, its editors point out how their survey is different from
others.

“Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not
what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,”
they write.

The publication’s leaders emphasized that their publication allocates high
marks to institutions embracing low-income students, bringing in significant
research dollars and demonstrating a commitment to public service in how
they teach and encourage students to enter service-focused careers.

“Our rankings aim to identify institutions that are acting on behalf of the
true public interest,” the editors added.

The Washington Monthly report comes on the heels of a recent National
Science Foundation study that ranked Mississippi State among the nation’s
top research universities, placing 91st overall among public and private
institutions based on $226.1 million in total research and development
expenditures.

Last year, MSU also was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, an annual ranking sponsored
by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to recognize
“colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative and effective community
service programs.”

Additionally, the university has operated for some years a Promise Program
to assist college freshmen and community college transfers enrolling from
low-income backgrounds. To those who qualify, the program aids with tuition
expenses and provides institutional support needed to ensure educational
success.

To view the Washington Monthly’s complete 2013 rankings, click “The
Magazine” link at the top of the www.washingtonmonthly.com web page.