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Oct. 7, 2014

Forbes ranks CSU among top 200 in Midwest

By Melanie Morris

Cleveland State campusCleveland State University has been ranked among the best colleges and universities according to surveys by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine.

These yearly reports analyze institutions around the country and use specific guidelines to determine a numbered ranking.

“We’re delighted to be a part of that,” Rob Spademan, assistant vice president of Marketing and student Recruitment at Cleveland State, said. “It speaks to where CSU has been and where we’re headed.”

The U.S. News & World Report survey for 2015 placed Cleveland State as one of only 280 institutions across the country on the “National Universities” ranking list.

According to U.S. News, national universities are considered those that “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs and emphasize faculty research.”

“There are more than 3000 accredited universities in the United States and this list has less than 300 of those institutions on it,” Spademan said. “So when you think about it, it’s pretty prestigious to make the list at all.”

The criteria and methods used to form the list include many different aspects.

The different elements measured fall into sevencategories—undergraduate academic reputation, retention rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

“There’s a lot of different lists that are out there but this one truly is considered the gold standard,” Spademan said.

Other schools in the region received high rankings as well. Case Western Reserve University, obtaining Ohio’s highest spot on the list, tied for 38th place. Seven other schools in Ohio, including Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, were ranked among the top 200.

The Forbes survey ranked Cleveland State among 650 schools for 2014.

In addition to its general list, Forbes ranked Cleveland State within the top 300 for research universities and top 200 in the Midwest.

The characteristics observed and collected for this list are also separated into categories — student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate and academic success.

Cleveland State’s admissions team uses this honor as a point of interest when advertising to new students.

“We talk about it a lot in terms of recruitment and perspective students,” Spademan said.

He said being on the list speaks to high school students when they’re trying to figure out what college to attend and which institution will be the most valuable for them. He wants them to know that Cleveland State is a quality school, and having these rankings show just that.

In addition, current students feel that attending a university with these rankings contributes to their profiles and academic experience.

“It makes me want to work harder and study to my best ability since I’ve been lucky enough to attend a college with such a high ranking,” said Rachel Dudas, sophomore Accounting major.

“I feel like I’ll have a more relevant resume since the university is highly ranked,” said Kaley Bond, senior Psychology major.