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MNU Receives Recognition From Two Major Publications

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Accent Winter 2019 Magazine

In August, MNU was selected for Money magazine’s 2018-19 Best Colleges list. Only four Kansas universities made the list, including MNU, KU, K-State and Benedictine College.

To determine the rankings, Money analyzed 26 factors such as graduation rate, tuition charges, family borrowing and alumni earnings to find the top college values out of the nation’s approximately 5,000 higher learning institutions. The data were gathered in three categories:

1.    Quality of education
2.    Affordability
3.    Outcomes

In addition to graduates’ earnings, the outcomes category also measured job meaning with the question, “Does your work make the world a better place?” The information came from federal and college-reported data,, College Scorecard (earnings reported
to the IRS), Peterson’s and Equality of Opportunity Project.

The following month, the university received more good news when it was ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Regional Universities Midwest list. MNU ranked 88th out of 124 schools on the Midwest list, tying with area schools Washburn, Rockhurst and Truman State. This is the second consecutive year that MNU has been selected by the publication.

According to the magazine’s website, U.S. News places each school into a category based on its mission— research university or liberal arts college, for example—and in some cases, location. Data are then gathered for each school in up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. The publication's ranking methodology places a heavy emphasis on outcomes such as retention and graduation rates, followed by academic reputation. Specifically, this ranking pertains to the university’s traditional undergraduate programs.

“We are honored to be recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report,” says Dr. David Spittal, MNU president. “On the heels of the Money magazine ranking, it’s great news not only for MNU and its students and graduates but also for the area we serve. We’re proud to provide top quality education to our region.”

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