PULLMAN, Wash. – I am proud to learn that Washington State University’s online programs are once again ranked among the finest in the nation.Continue reading
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University student athletes excel on the field, court, baseball diamond and track, not to mention area rivers. Their success takes hours of hard work, dedication and discipline. Many of them also excel in the classroom.
Read all of WSU President Elson S. Floyd’s Perspectives column here.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has been recognized for the 10th time for having one of the top writing programs in the nation, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” released last week.Continue reading
Following are links to several recent media articles regarding WSU faculty and staff, or addressing issues in higher education. To see a full article, just click on the live URL link.
* InsideHigherEd.com — Profs may get guns. The Nevada Board of Regents has endorsed a plan that would allow some faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on public-college campuses and to become reserve police officers. See http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/06/25/nevada
* InsideHigherEd.com (audio podcast) – ‘U.S. News’ editor vs. Critic of college rankings in debate. Click on the following link to listen to the debate, http://www.insidehighered.com/var/podcast/media/2007-06-22_iheusnewspodcast.mp3
* Columbian (Vancouver, WA) — Incoming WSU president hits the ground running; Elson Floyd talks about future changes at WSU, http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/06212007news156519.cfm
PULLMAN– Washington State University scientists conducting research on plants and animals are among the most productive in the nation, according to a survey measuring faculty scholarly productivity published recently in The Chronicle for Higher Education.
WSU plant scientists were ranked the fifth most productive in the United States. WSU’s zoology program ranked No. 10 in the nation. The rankings place WSU plant scientists and zoologists in the very top tier of the approximately 7,300 doctoral programs around the country evaluated in the survey.
“This honor truly recognizes the breadth and depth of our plant science and zoology programs,” said James Petersen, WSU vice president for research. “Ranging from basic research in plant molecular sciences through the field application of new discoveries, these teams benefit science, Washington agriculture, energy and human health.”
Overall, WSU plant scientists ranked second in terms of number of journal articles published per faculty member in the category (only Berkeley ranked higher in that area) and third in the percentage of faculty whose work was cited by another work.
Ralph Cavalieri, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and director of the Agricultural Research Center, said, “This ranking confirms the quality, energy and intellect of our plant science faculty.”
Michael Griswold, dean of the WSU College of Sciences, agreed. “Research in the plant sciences is clearly a strength at WSU and in the College of Sciences,” he said.
Cavalieri and Griswold emphasized that many have contributed to the overall success of WSU plant sciences programs and cited several examples of work by plant science faculty at WSU that have had global impact.
In CAHNRS, Professor Norman G. Lewis, director of WSU’s interdisciplinary Institute for Biological Chemistry, focuses much of his research on how land-based plants, those with a structural vascular apparatus, produce lignins. While lignins help give plants and trees rigidity, they must also be broken down or eliminated in order to use them for production of paper, fuel and other bioproducts.
Professor John Browse researches the bioengineering of plants such as soybeans, canola and flax to produce oils with lower levels of saturated omega-6 fatty acids, while increasing levels of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Related research also focuses on engineering plants to produce more sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels and petrochemicals.
Professor Kulvinder Gill, the Vogel Chair for Wheat Breeding and Genetics, is working to better understand the wheat genome and manipulate it for crop improvement using modern techniques and tools. His team already has provided unequivocal evidence that most wheat genes are present in physically small regions encompassing less than 10 percent of the genome.
In the College of Sciences, Professor Gerald Edwards works on the effects of environmental stress and global climate change on carbon acquisition and usage in photosynthesis of higher plants, with current research focusing on a novel type of photosynthesis. The recently discovered mechanism may be instrumental in engineering crops, such as rice, to produce greater yields, especially under climate changes occurring with global warming.
Associate Professor Mechthild Tegeder is interested in how pea, soybean and other plants acquire, distribute and use nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient to plant growth and survival but also for production of seeds with high amounts of nutritional proteins. One goal is to generate crop plants or plant products of enhanced protein quality for human food.
The WSU Zoology program was ranked No. 10 among the rated schools in research productivity. The Zoology program is housed in the School of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences.
“We are especially pleased to be recognized for our research productivity,” said Gary Thorgaard, director of the school, “given that our unit is also very active and successful in teaching and student advising. Research contributions of our younger faculty have been particularly notable.
“Our research and teaching efforts are closely linked,” Thorgaard added. “Our faculty members have been very successful in obtaining support from the National Science Foundation, including major research equipment grants and grants for cooperative training and instructional projects such as projects for training graduate students in biological and cultural evolution together with the WSU Department of Anthropology, and for training undergraduates in mathematical biology together with the Department of Mathematics.”
The survey, published in The Chronicle, is based on results of the Faculty Scholarly Productivity index, a new, annual index of research programs.
Partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by for-profit Academic Analytics, the survey rates faculty members’ scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country. It examines the number of book and journal articles published by each program’s faculty as well as journal citations, awards, honors and grants received. The most recent index is based on data from 2005.
Find the study online at http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity.
The Washington State Univerity men’s basketball team is ranked 14th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls announced Monday, Feb. 5.
The rankings in the AP poll equals the highest by the Cougars (19-4, 8-3 Pacific-10) in school history. Washington State was ranked 14th, by the Associated Press Jan. 25, 1949.
Washington State has appeared in the AP poll four different weeks this season, the most in school history. The Cougars have been ranked the last three weeks, also a first in school history. WSU was ranked for three weeks in 1948-49 and 1949-50, but not in succession.
The Cougars are coming off road wins at Arizona and Arizona State and will host Stanford (No. 25 Associated Press), Thursday at 7 p.m. California will be in Pullman to take on the WSU at 2 p.m., Saturday.
See related articles:
* Seattle P-I, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/302550_coug06.html
* Seattle Times, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/cougars/2003558467_coug06.html
* ESPN, http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/standings
The Washington State University College of Business and Economics’ undergraduate business program is among the 10 best in western
In overall national rankings, the College’s international business program received an exceptional ranking of 22nd; it has been in the top 25 for the past three years.
In overall rankings including private schools, the WSU business program placed 87th, and 56th among public schools. The number of ranked schools increased to 166 this year, from 131 last year.
“We are very honored that our programs are held in such high esteem and that we are recognized for offering a truly world-class education to our students,” said CBE Dean Eric R. Spangenberg. “It has been our mission to provide exceptional undergraduate business education, and this ranking validates that we are on course.”
The U.S. News and World Report annual rankings appeared online August 19, three days before the start of WSU’s 2005-6 academic year. The ratings are the result of averaged peer evaluations by more than 450 business schools with undergraduate programs accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Administrators assess programs’ overall quality, taking into account factors such as curriculum, record of scholarship, and quality of faculty, students, and graduates.
In an effort to increase external recognition of the excellence of its programs, the CBE set a goal in 2004 to increase its peer assessment score by .1 each year—an ambitious goal that only 4.5% of ranked schools were able to accomplish in 2004.
“We are pleased to have raised our assessment score from 2.7 last year to 2.8 this year,” Spangenberg says. “Our 2.8 designation puts us in company with institutions such as
Among public schools in the western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii, the WSU business school’s assessment rating put it into top 10 category. It is in company with the undergraduate business programs at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Arizona, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Utah, the University of Oregon, San Diego State University, the University of California-Riverside, and Colorado State University.
Other recent rankings highlight CBE excellence. In 2005, Entrepreneur magazine rated the CBE entrepreneurship major as the top entrepreneurship emphasis program in
In annual rankings released today, U.S. News & World Report placed Washington State University among the top 50 public research universities in the United States. WSU was tied for 48th among all public research universities with Michigan Tech, University of Alabama and University of Arizona.
In the magazine’s “Programs to Look For” section, WSU was cited as one of 13 research institutions that do a particularly good job of making writing a priority in all levels of instruction and curricula.
“I appreciate this national recognition of the work of our faculty and staff,” WSU President V. Lane Rawlins said. “Our outstanding faculty, research programs, and emphasis on undergraduate education have made Washington State University a first choice for more and more outstanding students. We intend to continue this momentum in the years ahead.”
Washington State University again has been recognized as one of the best national universities, according to rankings just released by U.S. News and World Report.
WSU was recognized in the second tier of rankings of national universities with doctoral programs. Joining WSU in this tier are George Washington University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University and the University of Arizona. The rankings are broken down into four tiers.
WSU ranked competitively among many of the first tier universities in specific categories. Only 17 of the top 50 universities have a higher percentage of full-time faculty and just 14 of those schools have a higher percentage of classes with more than 20 students than WSU.
WSU also was named as having a top engineering program among schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology were also listed in this category.
These rankings will be published in “America#s Best Colleges,” the newsstand book that contains the U.S. News college rankings. The book is slated to hit stands today (Sept. 16). Most of the rankings and some of the book#s articles will be in the Sept. 23 issue of the U.S. News and World Report magazine, which also goes on sale, Sept. 16.
To devise the college rankings, U.S. News first assigns schools to a group of their peers, based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Then, data on as many as 16 indicators of academic quality are gathered from each school and tabulated. Finally, colleges are ranked in their categories by their total weighted score.