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Value-Based Ranking Rates CSUF No. 4 in Nation

Aug. 26, 2013

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When it comes to “Best Bang for the Buck,” Cal State Fullerton leads the pack in California and is No. 4 in the nation, according to Washington Monthly.
The magazine’s latest set of rankings, published in its September-October 2013 issue, “is based on the economic value students receive per dollar” at the nation’s universities and colleges.

Cal State Fullerton is spotlighted in the magazine's "Standout Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Schools" and lauded for maintaining a "better-than-predicted graduation rate for its students while offering relatively small class sizes (only 10 percent of classes have more than fifty students)."

The magazine points to the use of data to track student performance and intervention by deans and academic advisers as "one key to CSUF's success."
Among 1,572 institutions ranked elsewhere by the magazine, just 349 landed on the new list and most are public institutions. The top-ranked institution is Amherst College, followed by City University of New York’s Queens College and Baruch College, in the No. 2 and 3 slots, respectively.
Cal State Fullerton moves up to No. 3 when ranked among institutions awarding predominantly master’s and bachelor’s degrees.
The “2013 Best Bang for the Buck” is described by Washington Monthly as an “exclusive list of the colleges in America that do the best job of helping nonwealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”
In introducing the new ranking, the magazine explores the question of whether college degrees are worth the money students and their families spend to pursue them and points out that “recent college graduates are earning considerably more than those without college degrees and are far less likely to be unemployed.”
In a separate rating of institutions “based on their contribution to the public good,” Cal State Fullerton is listed at No. 22 among institutions awarding predominantly master's and bachelor's degrees. This ranking is based on three categories: “Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).” The top-ranking institution is Trinity University in Texas.

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