UCR No. 2 in Washington Monthly Rankings

For the third consecutive year, Riverside is recognized on measures of research, service and social mobility

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Washington Monthly has ranked UC Riverside No. 2 among national universities.

RIVERSIDE, California — For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of California, Riverside second among national universities in its 11th annual College Ranking Survey.

It is the fifth consecutive year that UC Riverside has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the survey of universities, which considers civic engagement, research, and social mobility. Prior to the No. 2 ranking in 2014 and 2013, UCR was fifth in 2011 and ninth in 2012.

“UC Riverside has become a national model for student success,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said. “Our continued ranking by Washington Monthly as one of the nation’s top 10 universities is confirmation of that. We are making an impact not just in Riverside and in Southern California, but across the country, as we demonstrate the importance of the public university in fueling economic growth and scientific discovery while providing a quality educational experience to a diverse population of students.”

Wilcox noted UCR’s leadership role in the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 major public research universities and six national foundations that was created in September 2014 to identify and share best-practices in degree attainment programs for low-income and minority students. UCR is the only California-based institution included in the alliance.

Paul D’Anieri, UCR provost and executive vice chancellor, added, “In an era in which access to great universities is increasingly beyond the reach of many families, UCR is providing a world-class education to students from the most modest backgrounds. We are proud of the role UCR plays in transforming the lives of it students, and of the role they are playing in transforming our communities.”

Steven Brint, vice provost for undergraduate education at UCR, said the Washington Monthly rankings are significant because they measure both the academic quality and social contribution of colleges. These measurements reflect UCR’s mission to unite academic excellence, broad access for motivated students, and community engagement.

“People around the country used to ask, ‘How does UCR do it?’” Brint said. “Now they are finding out that it is because of our inclusive campus climate; our outstanding student support services; and our commitment to student success.”

UCR was third overall in community service participation and hours served, and was first in federal work-study funds spent on service.

Four University of California campuses appeared among the top 10 schools in the survey, which appears in the September/October issue of the magazine. UC San Diego was first, UC Berkeley ranked fourth, and UCLA was sixth.

Washington Monthly editors said that ranking four-year colleges on measures of upward mobility, research and service “would make the whole system (of higher education) better, if only schools would compete on them,” instead of “the U.S. News-validated idea that the ‘best’ schools are the ones that spend the most money, exclude the most students, and impress a small circle of elites. We think that those criteria have helped lead the higher education system down its current ruinous path.”

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