This is the third year in a row the university has been in the top 10 among more than 650 universities across the country whose highest degree granted is the master’s degree.
“CSU Dominguez Hills’ mission is to ‘provide education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative,’ which is at the core of the Washington Monthly’s rankings,” University President Willie J. Hagan said. “We are extremely proud to be among the nation’s top universities that are opening the doors of higher education wider and giving students a comprehensive experience that engages them both inside and outside the classroom.”
Washington Monthly has been producing its college rankings guide since 2005 with a focus on a university’s contribution to public good. Its rankings are based on three criteria: social mobility toward helping low-income students earn degrees; research production; and a university’s commitment to civic engagement and community service—metrics similar to how the Obama Administration plans to rate America’s colleges and universities.
CSU Dominguez Hills serves a highly diverse student population, many of whom are from low-income families and are first in their families to attend college. More than 50 percent of students are needs-based federal Pell Grant recipients. Students have many opportunities to work with faculty on research—the university’s annual Student Research Day is one of the largest in the CSU system—and community service is an active part of campus life, earning the university distinction on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll year after year.
For a more in-depth look at the methodology of the rankings and the rankings themselves, visit http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/2014.php