U.S. News Ranks WWU 2nd Public Master’s-Granting School in West

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For the 10th year in a row, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., is ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific, according to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

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For the 10th year in a row, Western Washington University is ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific, according to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

Only two public schools are ranked in the top 25 among master’s-granting universities in the West.

“We envision Western as one of the premier public master’s-granting universities in the country, and this ranking is a tribute to our excellent faculty, staff and students,” said President Karen W. Morse. “We are committed to a collaborative environment for teaching and active learning that has repeatedly garnered Western this kind of recognition. The Western experience includes a dedicated focus on innovative learner-focused education, scholarship, community service, diversity, sustainability and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.”

The ranking also places Western at 18th place among comparable schools – public and private – in the West. Since the first U.S. News rankings in 1987, Western has been highly rated in 18 of 20 years.

Five other private Washington schools were among the top 25 master’s-granting institutions in the West: Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific and Pacific Lutheran universities. California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, the only other public institution in the top 25 among master’s-granting schools in the West, rated seventh overall and first among public institutions.

U.S. News has separate categories for “national” (doctoral-granting or research) universities and liberal arts colleges and for specialties such as business and engineering.

The news magazine’s annual rankings are posted on its Web site, http://www.usnews.com. Rankings are based on a variety of criteria including academic reputation, student selectivity and retention, faculty resources, peer assessment and financial resources.                    

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