AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has been ranked nationally for the third consecutive year on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, a student-focused list that measures student success and learning.
Data for the 2019 College Rankings, which comprises more than 1,000 colleges and universities from across the U.S., is based partly on a student survey of 200,000 current U.S. college students to find out about their engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers, and their satisfaction with their experience.
The rankings also draw from Times Higher Education’s academic reputation survey to help determine the institutions with the best reputation for excellence in teaching.
“We are honored that Daemen has once again earned this prestigious distinction, which signifies our growing national prominence,” said Daemen President Gary Olson. “The breadth and depth of our academic programs, dedicated faculty and staff, and extensive student engagement opportunities clearly make Daemen one of the best colleges in the nation.”
The rankings highlight four key performance areas: resources (30 percent), engagement (20 percent), outcomes (40 percent), and environment (10 percent). These main areas are grouped based on 15 individual indicators that are intended to give students and their families the information needed to choose a college where to study.
Of the main areas assessed, Daemen excelled in engagement, which measures interaction with faculty and opportunities for collaborative learning; breadth of degree programs and courses offered; student recommendations for the college; and classes that foster critical thinking, connections, and applying learning to the real world.
Daemen placed in the top 21 in engagement of all colleges ranked in New York State. In the Northeast region, Daemen ranked No. 180 out of 285 institutions, a jump from 204th in last year’s rankings.
According to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, “decades of research has found that the best way to truly understand teaching quality at an institution – how well it manages to inform, inspire and challenge students – is through capturing what is known as student engagement.”