Cal State San Bernardino, which has consistently been recognized in national rankings, has achieved another milestone – as one of the top 20 universities in the nation in exceeding its expected graduation rates.
In the 2012 Washington Monthly magazine ranking survey of universities offering master’s degrees, Cal State San Bernardino ranked 19th in the nation with a 44 percent graduation rate, which is 11 percentage points higher than expected.
“This ranking reflects the terrific work we’ve been doing to retain and graduate our students,” said CSUSB Provost Andy Bodman. “We worked hard to improve our retention rates through improved advising through remediation efforts in English and mathematics, and through our SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) program for our new undergraduate students.”
Researchers for Washington Monthly based the expected graduation rates on the percentage of Pell Grant recipients, the average SAT score, the percentage of students receiving student loans, the admission rate, the racial/ethnic and gender makeup of the student body, the number of students (overall and full-time), and institutional characteristics such whether a college is public, private nonprofit, or for-profit; whether it is s a historically black college or university (HBCU); and whether it is primarily residential.
The survey rated schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students); research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates); and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country such as the Peace Corps, ROTC and community service participation).
Cal State San Bernardino was ranked 96th out of all 682 colleges and universities ranked.
More than 70 percent of Cal State San Bernardino graduates are the first in their families to graduate from college, and the university serves increasingly larger percentages of students from underserved backgrounds.
“Our efforts to attract students not only to attend Cal State San Bernardino, but to stay and ultimately graduate, are paying off,” Bodman said. “And that will not only benefit our students, but also serve to strengthen the communities we serve – the Inland Empire, in particular.”
In other recent surveys and rankings, Cal State San Bernardino was in the top 4 percent nationally in value added from freshman to senior years. It ranked 17th among the Top Regional Public Universities in the West by US News and World Report. The university was also named as one of the “Best in the West” colleges and universities by The Princeton Review. It also made the Forbes list of “America’s Best Colleges” and Sierra magazine named CSUSB one of “America’s Coolest Schools.”
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