JSU cited as top school in two national rankings


(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University is cited in two national rankings as one of the top schools in the nation for educating African-Americans in a wide range of disciplines.

The 2012 list of “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks JSU as No. 2 in the fields of biological and biomedical sciences and in education. Overall, the university was ranked No. 7 in all disciplines combined.

The rankings were determined through an analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions, according to Diverse Issues.

Jackson State also was cited as one of the top master’s-degree producers, ranking eighth in physical sciences and 10th in the social sciences and history disciplines.

In other graduate disciplines, JSU ranked 14th in biological and biomedical sciences; 19th in health professional and related clinical sciences; 20th in education; 21st in computer and information sciences and support services; 31st in physical sciences and in English language and literature/letters.

JSU’s undergraduate-degree rankings also included engineering technologies/ engineering-related fields and mathematics and statistics, 8th; English language and literature/letters, 9th; and accounting and related services, 14th; finance/financial management services and marketing, 17th; health and medical administrative services and business, management, marketing and related support services, 20th.

JSU ranked 17th in producing education graduates when considering all minorities.

In its 2012 ranking of 218 universities across the country, Washington Monthly ranks JSU 47th, just behind the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, which was ranked 46th, and just ahead of the University of Virginia-Main at 48th. Jackson State is one of only two Historically Black Colleges or Universities to break into Washington Monthly’s top 50.

The Washington Monthly rankings are based on three factors:

–      Social mobility, which gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees;

–      Research production, particularly at schools where undergraduates go on to earn Ph.D.s, and the amount of research dollars.

–      Service, which considers the number of students service in military training programs, percentage of alumni in the Peace Corps, percentage of students receiving Pell grants and percentage of federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects.

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16 thoughts on “JSU cited as top school in two national rankings

  1. Guess what, Degrees are being given away at MSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. Why, because they are part of the Old School Network. All they needed was to know someone, who knew someone. Like their OLD Confrederate
    Grand Pappy.`

  2. Jackson Fair… Jackson Dear… where to begin with this comment.

    I feel I should start by saying that I love my University. I am and will always be a JSU Tiger. JSU has afforded me many opportunities that I may not have had at a larger school. With that said, I feel obligated to point out a few things.

    In regards to the first study. I think it is wonderful to know how JSU is quantitatively affecting our community. I’m glad to know we rank high in the number of degrees awarded to African-Americans. I would simply like to point out that there is a difference in quantity and quality. This is not to say that JSU is not a quality institution. Rather, I simply mean that we should always be careful not to infer things from a study that are not there.

    Now about that second study…

    I’m actually kind of disappointed to see it referenced again. I had a lot to say about it last year when the school sited the study with the headline “Jackson State University outranks Yale, Princeton in national study”. It was very misleading.

    The basic issue is that the methodology used by Washington Monthly is horrible. The study means nothing. The only reason JSU “broke into the top 50” is because we graduated 40% of our students when they expected us to only graduate 36%. This is not good news. Of all the other schools ranked in this study, JSU was tied or surpassed in graduation rates by over 80% of the schools. Is bottom 20% really something worth celebrating? Is scoring a higher F than your classmate something to boast about?

    In the end, this second study is meaningless. It has to be. If we believe it means something then we should all be depressed; considering last year we were ranked number 9 overall.

    I love you JSU, but we shouldn’t bother quoting a study with misleading methodology to pretend we’re doing better than we are.

    • Where is the motivation in your comment? I would have preferred to read a response that encouraged students and faculty to utilize their own measures of success and not rely entirely on this studies. What are your solutions to some of the challenges we as students face? What’s your motivation for such a skeptical and negative response?

      • ? I not exactly sure how to respond to your comment. If this were a debate, I would suggest that you just posed a straw man argument.

        The beginning and end of my comment mentioned my love for Jackson State, which is strong. Love for my school is why I do not post anonymously, so that there can be an honest discussion about the things that I post. To address the issues from your response:

        1. As far as coming up with solutions goes, I think the first step is to identify that we have a problem, and if we lie to ourselves about where we stand when compared to other institutions, then we are not on the path to finding solutions.

        2. My motivation for posting this comment was to open the eyes of my fellow students and faculty so that we can begin the problem solving process.

        3. I would disagree with the premise that my comment was “skeptical and negative.” I don’t doubt any of the data used in the studies; not skeptical of that at all. My disagreement was with the conclusions that were being drawn about JSU from the data. As far as negativity goes, if someone makes an inaccurately positive statement about something/one and you correct them, does that make it intrinsically negative? I would say no.

        In conclusion, I love JSU, and because I love JSU, I will always strive to be honest with JSU.

  3. I’ll forever love u J-State,being from the old school,we’ve been mistreated badly.But that’s in the past of which we’ll never forget.We must become the number one HBCU in american and we must start now on that path.also,we must bring back that winning tradition that we use to have in football ,basketball and track and field.Academics and Sports go hand and hand and in order to acheive these we must have great Coaches and Aths.Aint GOD GOOD.Love u BIG Blue.

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