by Ward Mullens, Published August 19, 2010
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has been named one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest in the annual U.S. News and World Report 2011 Best Colleges edition.
Eastern Michigan also was recently named one of the best schools in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for the eighth consecutive year.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Eastern Michigan 81st among all universities in the 12-state Midwest region. EMU ranked 27th in the Midwest region among public universities.
The Midwest region includes: Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The complete listing can be found at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com
Approximately 90 percent of 1,472 colleges and universities were surveyed. The rankings are based on weighted categories, which include: undergraduate academic reputation (25 percent), graduate and freshman retention (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduate performance rates (7.5 percent) and alumni giving rate (7.5 percent).
U.S. News and World Report also ranked schools in other categories including: 'Best Value,' 'Economic Diversity,' 'Campus Ethnic Diversity,' 'Most International Students' and others.
Eastern Michigan University was the highest rated university in Michigan for campus ethnic diversity. EMU scored a 0.42. The closer a school's number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population. The highest overall score in the region in this category was 0.66.
To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students; leaving out international students; and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution's 2009-2010 school year student body. The categories used in calculations are American Indians and Native Alaskans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans who are non-Hispanic, whites who are non-Hispanic, and Hispanics. Students who did not identify themselves as members of any demographic group were classified as whites who are non-Hispanic for the purpose of these calculations. The formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0.
College and universities are grouped, in part, according to their Carnegie classification. The Carnegie classification measures institutions based on undergraduate and graduate instructional programming, size and setting, and enrollment profile.
Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, along with University of Michigan and Michigan State University, were part of the national grouping because of their Carnegie classification.
EMU, along with Wayne State University and Grand Valley State, are in a different Carnegie classification.