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MINNESOTA COLLEGE RANKingS
In light of the University of Minnesota's avowed goal to become one of the top three public research universities in the world [sic], this year's rankings are interesting:
(In our self-selected peer group, we are again last.)
1 UC-Berkeley 21
2 UCLA 25
3 MIchigan 26
4 Wisconsin 35
5 Illinois 40
6 U Washington 41
7 Texas 47
7 Penn State 47
9 Florida 49
10 Ohio State 56
11 Minnesota 61
And of course these new rankings do not include places like Cambridge, Oxford, or other very competitive institutions in other countries.
Perhaps we could spend a little effort on reducing the indebtedness of our undergraduates at Minnesota, the highest in the BigTen? Comparative data may be found on the Kiplinger website.
Well, it's nice that the U moved up, because a fair amount of high school seniors (and their parents) pay attention to these deeply flawed rankings. But in reality, the U has been head and shoulders above Michigan St and Iowa academically forever. The reason we've been down in these rankings is largely because of a relatively poor graduation rate and other minor factors.
wbgleason - the goal to become a top 3 public research university, whether you agree with it or not, would not be reflected in the silly US News Beauty Pageant.
Go University of Minnesota Crookston, you rule, you will be number 1 soon, but you are number 1 with me, woohoooooooooooooooooo
Aside from the prestiege and keys to various exclusive, post grad networks that a student garners from attending a Harvard, Yale or Carleton, in the end it is the relationships between an inspiring set of professors and a student that launches them into the real world. Rankings are like instant polls, kind of fun to look at but in no way relevant to the long, broad arc of a person's life.
go macalester college !
You have no understanding of what it takes to become a top RESEARCH university. This is based on the money that is earned from all the royalties from patents that the U holds. The last I heard the U was in 3rd behind the WHOLE California educational system, and MIT. Not bad for 1 University. However. I don't know if this still holds true today because of the differences in royalties.
You might want to do a little research yourself, pops.
From the Strib - April (2008)
The anti-AIDS drug Ziagen has been good to the University of Minnesota. Maybe a little too good.
Since 1999, Ziagen, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, has generated $290 million in royalties for the university. But take away Ziagen and the university is left with very little else to show for its recent intellectual property investments.
The drug generates 95 percent of the school's annual licensing income. To make matters worse, Ziagen's patents expire overseas next year and in the United States in 2013. That leaves the U scrambling to replace the more than $50 million in annual royalty payments that Ziagen now generates.
Judging from the university's recent track record of converting its vast reservoir of research into cash, the U faces an uphill climb. The school that's known for inventing the pacemaker, the heart valve and one of the Web's first Internet browsers is desperate for a hit.
At a time when the state's economy is slowing and its medical device sector is maturing, the U's long commercialization slump has attracted the urgent attention of lawmakers, venture capitalists and others concerned about where Minnesota's next Medtronic or St. Jude will come from.
The fact of the matter is that ultimately it is the students responsibility to make something of their lives. Back in the 1980's St. Cloud State was the king of the party schools, even Playboy said so. But the Earth Science Department sent the highest percentage of graduates to Graduate School and had the highest graduation rate for PhD candidates who got their BA or BS from SCSU. So as far I am concern its personal drive and the professors at a given department that drives success.
You can work hard, be inspired, get a good education, and apply your degree to within or outside of your field in a variety of ways by graduating from any number of universities and colleges, many of which are ranked low on said sacred cow patty list, and some of which do not even appear.
Magazine rankings and the like can be easily manipulated by both schools and publications. Sometimes, publications which do not receive data requested or desired to sell their paper will simply recycle old data or make up some to fill the need. This can happen more often than readers could know.
Your education is too important and your future too valuable to waste your time on unscientific information.
Brand name or no name, higher education is a lot like wearing jeans. It's not whose name is on that pair of yours, it's how your wear them, and most importantly what you do when you're wearing them.
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