Doane named second best college in Nebraska by Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education

CRETE – Doane University has been ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the second best university in Nebraska, placing in the top 500 nationally of the WSJ/Times Higher Education College Rankings for the third consecutive year.

Doane is ranked 332nd in the report released Monday, second in the state behind Creighton University.

Doane’s 332nd national ranking in the 2019 WSJ/Times Higher Education College Rankings is up from a ranking of 456 in 2017 and 417 in 2018.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are based on 15 key indicators that assess colleges in four areas: outcomes, resources, engagement, and environment.

“We’re thrilled to be ranked again,” Doane president Dr. Jacque Carter said. “This is our third year being noted in the Wall Street Journal for being a school of excellence. I believe it’s well-deserved.”

Outcomes carries the most weight of the rankings at 40 percent, measuring things like salary graduates earn and the average debt students have.

Resources is weighted at 30 percent and as described in the report, is “mainly a proxy for the spending schools put into instruction and school services.”

Student engagement accounts for 20 percent of the rankings and environment rounds out the methodology as ten percent of the score.

Based on student surveys, Doane received an 8.7-out-of-10 on “right choice” – asking “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?”

Doane also scored an 8.5-out-of-10 on the “inspiring” scale, which asks, “does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you?”

Creighton’s rank in 2019 is 120 – the highest of all Nebraska schools on the list. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln rank is 454.

Other Nebraska schools ranked in the top 500 as follows:

  • Creighton University (120)
  • Doane University (332)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan (376)
  • Hastings College (403)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (454)

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