New York City’s Wagner College, located on Grymes Hill on Staten Island, earned two first-place rankings in the 2010 edition of U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” magazine.
For the second year in a row, Wagner was named to U.S. News list of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools,” but this year it was ranked #1 among northern master’s degree granting schools. According to the magazine, the schools included in this category were singled out as those “that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.” Only 77 schools nationwide were selected in this category.
And, in a new category spotlighting just 80 colleges with “a strong commitment to teaching,” Wagner was again ranked #1 among northern master’s schools. “These colleges and universities were singled out most often when experts were asked to identify schools where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching,” says U.S. News.
Wagner College also was cited as having some of the best first-year experience, learning communities and service learning “programs to look for” by the magazine. The “Programs to Look For” listing recognizes “outstanding examples of academic programs that are commonly linked to student success.”
“This year’s recognition is especially gratifying,” according to Wagner President Richard Guarasci. “All that we do here is focused on ensuring that our students have the best experience possible, and that’s our most important and most rewarding job.”
According to President Guarasci, the “up-and-coming” and “commitment to teaching” rankings are striking because survey voters (other presidents, provosts and deans of admission) didn’t simply check boxes, as they do in the rest of the survey, to register selected schools. "For these particular sections one must look up (on paper) and record a multi-digit code for each desired school. That means it takes much more time participate in this section of the survey, but it also tells me that our work, our reputation is beginning to make a distinct impression on our peers. That impression is strong enough that they wish to recognize Wagner," said Guarasci.
In the magazine’s overall listing of northern master’s schools, Wagner was ranked #25.
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