In its annual college ranking, the Washington Monthly has ranked California State University, Dominguez Hills fifth in the nation among more than 650 universities whose highest degree granted is the master’s degree. It was the highest ranking of any master’s university in California.
The Washington Monthly, a D.C.-based magazine, has been producing its college rankings guide since 2005. It bases its ratings on a university’s public good, or “on what colleges are doing for the country,” using three criteria: social mobility toward helping low-income students earn degrees; research production; and a university’s commitment to service. Rankings are separated by type of institutions: national universities, liberal arts colleges, master’s universities, and baccalaureate colleges.
“Despite unprecedented state budget reductions, increased student tuition, and myriad other pressures, faculty and staff at Dominguez Hills continue to put students first, mentoring and supporting them as they transform their lives through the power of education,” said Interim President Willie Hagan.
CSU Dominguez Hills serves a highly diverse student population, many of whom are from low-income families and first in their families to attend college. Approximately 63 percent of students are needs-based federal Pell Grant recipients. The university places an emphasis on a comprehensive academic experience that engages students inside and outside of the classroom. Students have many opportunities to work with faculty on research — the university’s annual Student Research Day is one of the largest in the CSU system — and community service is an active part of campus life, earning the university distinction on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll two years in a row.
For a more in-depth look at the methodology of the rankings and the rankings themselves, click on the link: The Washington Monthly College Guide.