Webster University Ranked Among Top National Schools by Washington Monthly Magazine

Aug. 31, 2017

Webster University Ranked Among Top National Schools by Washington Monthly Magazine
Webster University was named the second best master's degree school in Missouri and among the best schools in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - “Washington Monthly” magazine named Webster University as among the best universities in the country, and the second best non-profit college for Missouri graduate students in its 2017 College Guide and Rankings, issued earlier this week. Webster was listed among the best national universities that help “non-wealthy” students attain marketable degrees.

The magazine said its staff measured the “public good” that a University or College contributes in order to come up with the ranking. Three main factors were examined for the rankings: social mobility of the students, research, and public service.

“Webster University was founded on the principle of offering educational access to populations that did not have the opportunity to earn a college degree, and this study reaffirms that Webster has stayed true to that mission,” said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “Webster’s commitment to students is demonstrated through its generous scholarships and need-based grants, financial literacy programs, and the personal attention of dedicated faculty and staff toward a superior educational experience that contributes to the overall success of our students and alumni.”

Out of the 632 schools listed in the “national master’s degree” category in the magazine, Webster University was listed at 265. When looking at universities and colleges in Missouri, Webster was listed fifth out of all institutions, and second for private non-profit institutions.

The magazine also calculated a “Best Bang for the Buck” category, which was defined by the magazine as “an exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” In the Midwest “Best Bang for the Buck” category, Webster was at 182 out of 364 colleges and universities. In Missouri, Webster was ranked 18th in the state out of all colleges and universities, and 10th for all private, non-profit institutions.

“This recognition further validates the work of our faculty and staff in providing an affordable quality education to our students,” said Julian Schuster, Webster University’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “We offer numerous resources to help our students succeed, from academic resources to opportunities to work directly with the community and apply the skills they have gained in the classroom to a real-world experience.”

According to Washington Monthly, the lists were based on the contributions colleges made to the “public good” as defined by:

  • Social mobility – measured through the recruitment and successful graduation of low-income students, the average amount of debt incurred by those students, and the average income of an alumni 10 years after graduation
  • Research – the “cutting-edge” scholarship conducted by students and faculty, the number of faculty who have national reputations in their field, and the percentage of alumni who later earned a PhD
  • Service – how many students entered service fields after graduation such as the PeaceCorps or the military reserves, how much grant money institutions received for local service projects, and matching institutional grants to students who also received AmeriCorps Education awards

Webster University previously was cited for contributing to the success of low-income students. For the past few years, Webster was listed by US News & World Report as one of the top 20 colleges in the country with the most economically-diverse student body. In April, CollegeNET named Webster as the top institution of higher education in the St. Louis region and the sixth best private non-profit university for increasing a student’s social mobility, defined as the increase in the students earning power within five years after graduation, when compared to peers from the community who did not attend college. In May, the University was named by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis Graduates as one of the five best institutions in the region for graduating low income, first generation, underserved minorities with comparatively low debt.

Webster University students and faculty are frequently cited in major news publications and broadcasts for their academic work. This summer, research conducted by students on the effect that weed killers had on the behavior of ants, as well as research by Professor Nicole Miller-Struttman on the movement of bees, made national news. Other recent recognitions of the scholarship and academics at Webster University include the chess program, the academic achievements in the athletic programs, and faculty research and academic expertise on topics as varied as the group dynamics of police departments, and the socio-political trends in Europe.

For more information about the college ranking, visit http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017college-guide.

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