The 2012 Washington Monthly rankings of national universities places UNCG No. 89, overall. In the category of social mobility – considering the recruitment and graduation of low-income students – UNCG ranks No. 8 nationally.
The magazine’s overall rankings look at research, service and social mobility.
In an introduction to their rankings article, the magazine notes that “this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.”
UNCG is ranked among 281 national universities in this September/October 2012 issue of the magazine.
The social mobility category “gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees,” the magazine explains. This year, the magazine has added one factor in determining social mobility rankings: “The social mobility measure that rewards colleges with better-than-expected graduation rates has been improved to account for college prices. Colleges that are both effective and inexpensive get the highest marks.”
In the social mobility category, several UNC system universities were ranked highly in this national universities listing. NC A&T was No. 2 in social mobility. East Carolina University was 12th, UNC CH was 13th, NC State was 16th and UNC Charlotte was 25th.
UNCG’s student body is diverse in a number of ways, including socio-economically. 15 percent of all UNCG undergraduate students are from families at or below the federal poverty level. 25.7 percent of all undergraduate students are at or below a 150 percent poverty level, a common low-income benchmark. 33 percent of undergraduate financial aid applicants are at or below the 150 percent poverty level mark.
“Our students at UNCG come from a variety of backgrounds,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “We are committed to access. We are committed to service. We are committed to research, particularly in ways that engage with the larger community to make a positive impact. And as seen in initiatives such as our growing number of living-learning communities, the creation of the UNCG Guarantee program and our Strategic Housing Plan that ensures more students live on campus and are fully engaged in student life, we are committed to student success.”
Provost David H. Perrin said, “An educational experience at UNCG has long been recognized as a great value for our students. Our outstanding faculty is highly committed to the success of all of our students. This acknowledgement is further evidence of UNCG’s dedication to preparing students to be community-engaged and responsible citizens.”
By Mike Harris