Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Publication Ranks Texas A&M University-Kingsville Among Top 100 Universities in the Nation

KINGSVILLE - September 12, 2012

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

KINGSVILLE (September 12, 2012) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s commitment to providing educational opportunity, promoting community service and facilitating high-quality research has earned the university a place among the top 100 universities in the nation, according to Washington Monthly’s September 2012 College Guide.     

In one year, Texas A&M University-Kingsville rose nearly 125 spots to 56 on Washington Monthly’s list—the highest the university has placed on the rankings. Last year, the university ranked 180. A&M-Kingsville is one of only five Texas universities included in the publication’s top 100. Also included in the Top 100 are Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Texas-El Paso and Rice University.

The Washington D.C.-based publication distinguishes itself from other national college guides by measuring selected indicators that contribute to the public good. The complete list ranks 281 universities from across the country. Equally-weighted criteria include:

  • Social Mobility—measures university efforts to recruit and graduate low-income students.
  • Research—measures university utilization of research expenditures, production of innovative scholarship and number of doctoral graduates.
  • Service—measures how effectively a university emboldens students to give back to their communities and their countries after graduation, including through ROTC and Peace Corps.

 A&M-Kingsville ranked 3rd in the nation in the social mobility category.

“Being one of only five Texas universities included in Washington Monthly’s Top 100 rankings is a remarkable honor,” said A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant. “These rankings are based on criteria that are paramount to our mission as an institution of access and opportunity. We strive to provide a quality education to all our students, while emphasizing research opportunities and encouraging a strong sense of service. This type of national recognition is validation that we are preparing our students to be successful and to become leaders in their communities.”

According to Washington Monthly, the goal of their rankings is to focus attention on service-oriented schools. First published in 2005, the list differs from other top university rankings by developing a different set of criteria to rank universities than those of traditional college guides such as U.S. News and World Report. The list then ranks institutions based on how they give back to their community and country. The College Guide also ranks the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges and master’s colleges.

The magazine’s full report, including the rankings and explanation of methodology, can be found on the Washington Monthly web site at www.washingtonmonthly.com.

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