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Wooster 39th Nationally in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Pioneering set of college rankings emphasizes student success and learning

25 October, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – In a pioneering set of college rankings that puts student success and learning – two areas that The College of Wooster strives to excel in – at the forefront, Wooster landed at No. 39 among national liberal arts colleges in the recently released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) U.S. College Rankings.

Utilizing a different methodology than many other college ranking systems, WSJ/THE incorporates “a balanced scorecard approach, with 15 individual performance indicators combining to create an overall score that reflects the broad strength of the institution.”

Specifically, it spotlights clear performance indicators that are of utmost importance when selecting a college, such as sufficient resources to teach students properly, engagement among students and faculty, academic reputation and financial outcomes for graduates, and diversity of the campus community.

With a long-time emphasis on mentored undergraduate research, headlined by the Independent Study program, complemented by more recent initiatives such as the center for Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning and international recruitment focus, it is no surprise that Wooster stood out in this set of college rankings.

In addition to ranking top-40 among its peer institutions, Wooster placed 105th of all national colleges and universities in the WSJ/THE, marking an 11-spot improvement over last year.