Story by Nicole Dohm
Want another reason to love Drake University?
Drake was named third among 149 Midwest institutions by the U.S. News Best Colleges 2014 rankings of master’s universities, released by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
This is the fourth consecutive year Drake has placed third.
“I am delighted that Drake is nationally recognized for keeping the promise of our exceptional learning environment,” said Drake President David Maxwell.
“Our colleagues around the country do indeed recognize us as one of the best at what we do,” Maxwell said.
However, the list drew criticism from The Washington Post.
One Post writer said the U.S. News College rankings shouldn’t matter in a Sept. 10 article.
“The magazine ranks schools in various categories on an ever-changing methodology that this year reduces ‘the weight of input factors that reflect a school’s student body,’” said Post writer Valerie Strauss in “Why U.S. News college ranking shouldn’t matter to anyone.”
“… And increases ‘the weight of output measures that signal how well a school educates its students,’” Strauss said.
The rankings are determined by the college graduation rates.
Strauss’ Post article stressed there is no point for school rankings.
“Hearing that Drake is ranked third yet again was great,” said first-year Grace Boatman. “It makes me feel proud to go to a university that is ranked so highly.”
“I am excited to be able to further my education at a school that is so well known for their accomplishments throughout the years [sic],” Boatman said.
“I think Drake University has been able to maintain its status through its great faculty and student body,” Boatman said. “Without either of those, Drake would not be the extremely successful school it is today. I believe it takes dedication, perseverance and the willingness to go that extra mile to become number one.”