Milestones Set By Area Universities

NSUSealNorthwestern State University reached a record enrollment this fall for the second straight year with the registration of 11,081 students. Enrollment at the university, which has increased for five consecutive years, is up by 509, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous enrollment record last fall of 10,572.

NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio said, “This continuing growth in enrollment reflects the vibrant atmosphere at Northwestern and the positive reputation and image of the university in this region, the state and beyond.”

This fall’s freshman class enrollment of 1,562 is an increase of 1.3 percent over last year, according to Acting Registrar Barbara Prescott. Maggio said increased freshman registration “should help assure future enrollment growth.”

Louisiana Tech University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) as one of the best National Universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to its 2019 Best Colleges list.

“Our approach to creating an unparalleled educational experience results in national recognition from a number of publications each year,” said Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “We consider it important that these types of recognition validate the efforts of our faculty to build programs that are among the top in their fields, and that our studios, labs, and classrooms are special places of innovation.”

Louisiana State University is ranked in the top tier for “Best National Universities” for the 11th-straight year in the USNWR rankings. And LSU is the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier this year. LSU is ranked 70th among public universities and 35th among flagship universities nationwide.

“While we are pleased to be recognized as the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier, input-based rankings such as U.S. News are becoming more obsolete,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “People are paying more attention to rankings that focus on outcomes like Washington Monthly and Forbes because that’s what really matters to students and their families.”

The USNWR rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving. USNWR assessed more than 1,800 four-year colleges and universities across the country. Based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “National Universities” include institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. The Carnegie classification has served as the basis for the Best Colleges ranking category system since the first rankings were done in 1983.

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