October 03, 2016
Susquehanna University has been ranked No. 180 out of more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide in an inaugural ranking published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Times Higher Education (THE). The guide primarily measures student success and learning.
The Journal's methodology focuses most heavily on outcomes, looking at salaries of graduates and debt repayment rates, as well as school reputation, research impact, and how much a college spends to educate each student.
The ranking also factors in the results of the THE U.S. Student Survey, which is based on 100,000 current student voices and asks students about career preparation and whether they think their school was worth the cost. Students are also asked about their engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers and their satisfaction with their experience.
For scoring, THE developed what it has termed a "4c" model, which evaluates colleges across four core competencies: credibility in terms of producing good outcomes for students (40 percent); capacity for teaching (30 percent); capability for engaging students (20 percent); and community (10 percent).
This is one of several best-college rankings that Susquehanna has appeared in this fall. The university has also been recognized for its excellent value, study abroad programs and contribution to the public good.