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Washington Monthly ranks Alfred University among top colleges and universities

Alfred University | 8/27/19

Washington Monthly released its 2019 College Guide and Rankings this week and Alfred University is among those earning national recognition.


ALFRED, NY – Washington Monthly released its 2019 College Guide and Rankings this week and Alfred University is among those earning national recognition.

In its 2019 College Guide and Rankings, released Monday, Aug. 26, Washington Monthly ranked Alfred University 36th on the list of Top 200 Master’s Universities, defined as four-year institutions that offer a significant number of master’s degrees. In addition, Alfred was one of just 80 colleges and universities in the country to earn a perfect score in ratings related to student voting and civic engagement.

Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for our country.

“We rank four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service,” Washington Monthly stated when they announced their rankings. “Top-ranked colleges needed to be excellent across the full breadth of our measures, rather than excelling in just one measure.”

Alfred University was among just five colleges and universities in New York to rank among the top 50 Master’s Universities in the country.

“We are honored to be ranked so highly,” said Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. “Transforming student lives and thereby bettering our world is at the core of our University’s mission and vision.”

Social mobility rankings – which Washington Monthly says double as its “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings – take into account such metrics as graduation rate, affordability, and financial success of alumni. Research rankings are determined in part by spending on research; the number of doctorate degrees awarded and undergraduate alumni who have gone on to earn a doctorate degree; and the number of faculty who have received prestigious awards. Public service rankings are based on student participation in ROTC and service programs like the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps; how institutions prioritize community service programs when disbursing federal work-study grant funds; and how institutions promote voting initiatives on campus.

Alfred University ranked among the top colleges and universities in the country with regard to voter engagement. Alfred was one of 80 institutions in the nation, and just five in New York State, to receive a perfect five-point score in voter engagement. Schools earned one point for each of the following voter engagement criteria:

Submitting an All IN action plan – which helps institutions develop strategies to boost civic engagement – in 2016; submitting an ALL IN plan for 2018; signing up to receive 2016 National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) voter registration and turnout rates; making NSLVE data publicly available; and registering to receive NSLVE data for 2018.

“The recognition for voter and civic engagement is particularly gratifying given all the effort that Alfred University staff and faculty have devoted to fostering such engagement in recent years,” Zupan commented. “We believe that it is incumbent on institutions of higher education to not only prepare students for professional and personal success but also to cultivate character and what it means to be a good citizen of our broader society.”

Alfred University is among a group of just 123 colleges and universities in the country to have been designated a 2019-20 “Voter Friendly Campus.” Sponsored jointly by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP), the Voter Friendly Campus program recognizes university and college campuses for engaging their student body and promoting voter registration and voting as part of their institutional mission. The goal of the Voter Friendly Campus designation program is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process and develop a culture of democratic engagement on campus.

Washington Monthly also ranked Alfred University high among all two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide in the following categories: loan repayment (91st); expenditures on research (60th); undergraduates going on to earn doctorate degrees (19th); and percentage of work-study funds spent on community service projects (15th).