SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– When it comes to best regional universities in the north, Springfield College is ranked #37, jumping 18 spots from last year. “The ranking really speaks to our strengths as an institution, graduation rates, retention rates, all the things that really speak to our strengths as an institution,” said Jean Wyld, the college’s VP for Academic Affairs.
U.S. News & World Report uses many other factors, including student selectivity, class size, and alumni giving to determine rankings. When word of their position got out, it wasn’t that much of a surprise. “In our case, we’ve been consistently ranked so well, I think we take it for granted. We were very excited to see that. You never really know what your ranking is going to be until it comes out,” she smiled.
While Springfield College is up, the new QS World University Rankings actually show that the U.S. is on the decline. “Some of our ranking decline really has to do with the number of individuals in the U.S. who hold college degrees now vs. a few years ago, and I think the percentage has slipped a little bit, and I think we think the economy has something to do with that,” added Wyld.
QS says that whole a handful of top U.S. public and private institutions have maintained their global standing, research budget cuts, and hiring reductions were also contributing factors.
In fact, their data shows that the U.S. has dropped to #16 in the world for adults with college degrees.
Other area universities that made the cut include Hampshire College, which came in at #110 in the nation for Liberal Arts Colleges, and Amherst college, which ranks #2 in that same category. Take a look at the full listing here.