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Missouri State University-West Plains has been ranked sixth in the nation in the Best Community Colleges category by a Washington, D.C. based publication. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more on the criteria behind the rankings.
The rankings, according to the website Washington Monthly, are designed to highlight colleges that offer a quality, affordable education to all students, regardless of income or social background.
According to the website, editors at the publication gave “high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”
The rankings also included an element of public service. Universities that brought in research dollars and those whose students go on to earn Ph.D.s were also rewarded in the rankings.
Missouri State University-West Plains is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
President Barack Obama announced last week that his administration will also begin to evaluate colleges not based solely on their academics, but on a combination of academics, affordability, and accessibility. In the last 20 years, the cost of college has far outpaced the rate of inflation in the United States.
To see Washington Monthly's annual college rankings, you can click here.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.