Twenty NEC members were named to the Business Journals Best Public Colleges in America List. They are: University of Massachusetts (48), University of New Hampshire (68), University of Rhode Island (153), University of Massachusetts Lowell (154), Westfield State University (189), Keene State College (211), University of Maine (218), Worcester State University (220), University of Massachusetts Boston (223), Bridgewater State University (229), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (236), and Framingham State University. The following NEC members were on the list but unranked, meaning they were ranked lower than 250: Fitchburg State University, Rhode Island College, Salem State University, University of Maine Farmington, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine Machias, University of Maine Presque Isle and University of New Hampshire Manchester.
To assemble the list, the Business Journals analyzed 484 four-year public colleges. They took into account the latest date from the National Center for Educational Statistics and the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, as well as college rankings from Forbes, Kiplinger’s, US News and World Report and Washington Monthly. A 19-part formula was created to determine the colleges which offered their students the best educations. It favored schools with selective admissions processes, high retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable costs and tuitions, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically strong communities. It also noted the problem of growing student debts, lauding public colleges as an economically responsible alternative.
The New England Council applauds its member colleges for their dedication to providing quality educations for their students.