Dakota State is #1 Again Says U.S.News & World Report's Annual Survey

Friday, 22 August 2008, Written by Jona Schmidt

For the third consecutive year, Dakota State University in Madison is the highest ranked public baccalaureate college in the Midwest according to U.S.News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2009."

Dakota State is ranked first in the Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region.

In response to the ranking, Dakota State President Dr. Doug Knowlton stated, "I hope everyone associated with Dakota State, including our alumni, faculty/staff, students and all the citizens of South Dakota are proud of this ongoing recognition. Three years in succession we have been evaluated at this level by U.S. News and other universities in our region. To be recognized through this process as the best public university in our group is so gratifying. This is symbolic of the dynamic institution that is DSU!"

U.S. News categorizes the nation's schools by mission and in some cases, region. They base the overall rankings on several measures of academic excellence including graduation and retention rate, ACT percentiles, class size, student to faculty ratios, and alumni giving. The colleges are also asked to do a peer assessment of the other schools in their category. Scores for each measure are weighted to arrive at the final rankings.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings list the top four public baccalaureate colleges in each region. Rounding out the top four institutions in the Midwest are Northern State University, in second place, Missouri Southern State University in third, and Valley City State University (ND) in fourth.

Dakota State offers undergraduate majors in education, arts and sciences, and business and information systems, graduate degrees in information systems, educational technology, and information assurance, and a Doctor of Science degree in information systems. The University recently added a computer game design undergraduate degree. More information on the University can be found at www.dsu.edu.

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