September 30, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
In the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, Saint Anselm College was #235 out of over 1,000 colleges and universities included (tied with Providence College in Rhode Island).
This unusual new ranking is based on 15 performance indicators across four categories: 40% of each school's overall score comes from student outcomes, including how they fare after leaving campus; 30% from the school's resources (instructional spending, student-faculty ratios and research output); 20% from how well it engages its students; and 10% from the learning environment, or diversity.
The results were obtained through a survey of 100,000 college students, facilitated by Times Higher Education, a London company owned by News Corp, the parent of The Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones & Co. Students responded to seven questions, ranging from their experience with their professors to how much they collaborated on projects and were pushed to think critically, and whether they would recommend their school to others.
The methodology values schools that focus their spending on classroom instruction, and rewards both teaching and research excellence, as well as placing emphasis on student outcomes and socioeconomic and racial diversity, rather than admission selectivity.
"This ranking is driven almost entirely by what matters most to prospective families: how will I be supported during my time in college and how well will you prepare me for life after college," says Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Eric Nichols. "No one ranking is designed to be the definitive guide for all prospective students but the Wall Street Journal's emphasis on outcomes, student engagement, and teaching excellence is worth a close look. It's always nice to be recognized for the great work our faculty do in preparing students for life after Saint Anselm."