Texas A&M University-Kingsville

University among top 100 in Washington Monthly national rankings

KINGSVILLE - August 15, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Joins Texas A&M, UT-Austin and Rice in National Universities list

The September 2006 issue of Washington Monthly magazine features its second annual national college rankings, and among the top 100 is Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The university, ranked 77th, is one of only four Texas universities among the top 100 of the magazine’s ranking of 245 institutions on its “National Universities” list. The others are Texas A&M University (5th), the University of Texas at Austin (17th) and Rice University (26th).

The magazine’s report states it sought to develop a different set of criteria to rank universities than those of U.S. News and World Report and other college guides. The magazine’s rankings are centered around three indicators of how much a school is benefiting the country. Those indicators are how well a school performs as an engine of social mobility, how well it does in fostering scientific and humanistic research and how well it promotes an ethic of service to country.

None of the three categories were considered more important than any other, and the final rankings needed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of the magazine’s measures.

“We are very pleased because our ranking reaffirms what we have always known about Texas A&M University-Kingsville,” says Manual R. Lujan, associate vice president for enrollment management. “We are an institution that makes a real difference in moving students from where they are to where they want to be. The rankings reflect how well a university effects change in preparing students to enter the workforce as productive and successful citizens.”

Other Texas schools on the list of 245 National Universities are Texas A&M University-Commerce, Baylor University, the University of Texas at El Paso, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas.

The magazine also features a second list, ranking 202 “Liberal Arts Colleges.” Texas institutions on this list include Southwestern University, Austin College, Schreiner University and the University of Dallas.

“Unlike other college guides, … this guide asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” says the magazine’s report on the rankings. “After all, when colleges are doing what they should, they benefit all of us. They undertake vital research that drives our economy. They help Americans who are poor to become Americans who will prosper. And they shape the thoughts and ethics of the young Americans who will soon be leading the country. It's worth knowing, then, which individual colleges and universities fit the bill.”

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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