How good a school is Washington State?

FOR THE FIRST time in the dozen years CF.C has been cybercasting, we're running an article that doesn't deal with Cougar athletics. We're doing so, however, because of athletics. You see, as alums, I think we sometimes get so caught up in how our teams are doing that we forget about the academics. So here's a little reminder -- one that puts national perspective on just how esteemed WSU truly is.

I can't take credit for the research here. That was done by WSU President Elson Floyd, who put it together in an email he sent to trustees and regents the other day. I was fortunate to have one of those folks forward it to me.

A few days back, Washington State University was ranked among the "Best Values for Public Education" by Kiplinger's Magazine. This is a ranking WSU secured annually for a number of years. "Factors contributing to our success include low student-to-faculty ratio (15:1), a solid freshman retention rate (84 percent), and a high-quality education. Despite double-digit tuition increases in each of the past two years, WSU remains among those institutions providing the best possible higher education values in the public sector," President Floyd explained in his email.

WSU's list of recent national accolades doesn't end there ...

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks WSU 51st on its list of the finest public colleges and universities in the nation.

  • The Wall Street Journal places WSU in the top 25 schools in the land "whose graduates are top rated by (company) recruiters."

  • The Princeton Review chose WSU among the nation's most environmentally friendly schools.

  • And several rankings peg WSU as one of the safest universities in the country.

    "We are confident that the rest of the country is hearing the message that all of us have long understood -- Washington State University continues to stand among the finest higher education institutions in the land," said President Floyd.

    To which I say, that's telling it like it is.

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