TURLOCK — A new study puts California State University, Stanislaus, among the top college campuses in the nation for affordable education.
“These rankings reinforce what we’ve long known about the CSU system and at Stanislaus State, in particular,” President Joseph Sheley said. “In addition to the quality academic programs we offer and our emphasis on student success, we are committed to providing an affordable education that is accessible to all qualified students regardless of their financial situations.”
The university came in 28th out of 2,500 colleges in a ranking by Time Magazine that focused on access, affordability and educational outcomes. Those were the criteria laid out by the Obama administration in a pledge to create a new college rating system by 2015.
“By rewarding both accessibility and graduation rate, this system corners one of the trickiest problems facing schools looking to climb the rankings: Students from low-income backgrounds are statistically less likely to graduate. The most expedient way for a school to boost its graduate rate would be not to admit students in this cohort,” explains the Time website offering the rankings.
Time’s rankings were based on a six-year graduation rate, average tuition and the percentage of students receiving federal Pell Grants. With each area equally weighted, Stanislaus State places No. 28 in the nation and fourth among CSU campuses, behind only Long Beach, Los Angeles and Fresno.
The Turlock campus ranked 30th in affordability, with an average net cost of $6,698 for students whose families make less than $110,000 a year and receive some form of scholarship or college loan assistance.
Stanislaus State ranked 157th in number of Pell Grants, with 60 percent of its students receiving those federal, need-based college grants. It came in 751st, however, in the number of students graduating within six years. A little less than half its students meet that mark, which does not count the students going part-time and taking longer to graduate.
The article on Time’s website also allows users to create their own rankings by adjusting sliders to apply more or less importance to each of the three criteria.
Stanislaus State serves more than 8,500 students, offering about 100 majors, minors and areas of concentration, as well as 24 master’s degree programs and a doctorate in educational leadership.
Access the interactive Time college rankings at http://time.com/71782/make-your-own-college-ranking. Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2339. Follow her on Twitter @NanAustin.