OT program named 1st in nation

[caption id="attachment_5340" align="alignright" width="300"]photo of OT summer session An occupational therapy class during the 2014 summer session.[/caption] Current and former students have voted Colorado State University's Department of Occupational Therapy as the best in the country — again. In the latest rankings by GraduatePrograms.com, CSU’s occupational therapy program beat out OT departments at Washington University in St. Louis (2nd), Boston University (9th), Columbia University (12th) and the University of Southern California (20th) for the top spot. “We are honored to be ranked as the number one occupational therapy department in the nation,” said Robert Gotshall, interim head of the department. “Our students and alumni rank us through Graduateprograms.com, and this is the second year in a row that we have topped the list of 25 best occupational therapy programs in the nation. Now it is the responsibility of our faculty to maintain the educational quality that has inspired our students to rank us so highly.” The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy — part of the College of Health and Human Sciences — long has been recognized as one of the nation's best. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program No. 6 in the country in its 2014 survey. Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. The program rankings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2014. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. More information is available at www.graduateprograms.com/top-occupational-therapy.

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College of Business ranked among the nation's best

The College of Business at Colorado State University moved up three places on this year’s The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Administered” business schools, to third in the nation. princeton review 2 photo“It is an honor for our entire program’s administrative team to be recognized in this way,” said John Weiss, director of MBA programs. “We think it is as a result of having a group of dedicated people who do their very best to make sure that our students are able to navigate through our programs from start to finish.” The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, features Colorado State in the 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Colleges. Inclusion on the list is based on surveys of more than 21,600 students at 296 business schools, in addition to data from school administrators. The Best Administered ranking is the result of student answers regarding how smoothly the college is run and the ease with which students can get into required and popular courses. Online Professional MBA Weiss is also the program director for CSU’s Online Professional MBA, a graduate focused program that takes a unique approach to online education. The Review said CSU’s OPMBA offers a solid mid-tier program for an “an amazing value” at a well-respected institution that is ideal for working students looking to progress or diversify their careers. Students said they were impressed by the multiple program options for career advancement, including Professional and Early Career, and eight-week classes, scheduling flexibility, online courses, and course layout. According to the Review, surveys also highlighted the diversity of students in any given class (both in-person and online) and faculty that makes sure “there is a lot of insight as to how topics are handled in specific industries.” Other recent CSU College of Business accomplishments include:

  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 31st in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • The College of Business has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. The Aspen Institute's 2011-2012 edition of "Beyond Grey Pinstripes," an independent, biennial survey and global ranking of business schools, ranked the GSSE program at CSU number 27 on its list of the Top 100 MBA Programs in the world.
  • Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires students to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their career, ranked CSU number five of, “Top 50 Schools for Social Impact.” The college also placed in the top half for “Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability.”
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. Colorado State ranked No. 73 in this year's BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • Colorado State’s business and economics programs rank in the top 15 percent of the world's best universities for research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university placed 76th out of the top 500 universities included in the rankings released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. CSU was ranked at 101 last year — the first year it appeared on the list — based on objective measures of faculty research.
  • The College of Business was also named a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

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College Scorecard places CSU among the top universities for quality and affordability

Colorado State University, among the nation's leading research universities, also ranks highly for graduation rates and affordability, according to the newly released College Scorecard developed by the U.S. Department of Education. World-class education

researchThe College Scorecard makes it easier to search information about a college’s value and affordability.

“Students at CSU are getting a world-class education and outstanding undergraduate research opportunities, and the new College Scorecard shows we’re also providing an exceptional value,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “Our students are graduating at a higher rate, leaving CSU with less debt than the national average, and defaulting on their student loans at a much lower rate than their peers. In fact, thanks to our emphasis on providing more student scholarships and aid, the average net price our students pay to attend CSU went down even as tuition was going up. This is great information for students to have when they’re weighing their college options.”

CSU is the most affordable research university in Colorado while boasting a high graduation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard also shows that the university is the only institution among Colorado’s research universities to decrease in average net price in recent years. CSU’s graduates have a low loan default rate of only 4.8 percent, while the national average is 14.7 percent. Record enrollment, high retention The high marks from the College Scorecard come at a time when CSU is consistently seeing record enrollment and strong retention rates. The College Scorecard website contains information from colleges around the country and can be found at the website. Premier research university

USNews_students(1)Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premier research universities routinely highlighted in national rankings recognizing top universities and programs:

  • CSU is featured in the 2015 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, The Fiske Guide includes the “best and most interesting” colleges in the nation.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked CSU’s College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country for 2014. CSU  ranked No. 73 in this year’s BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • For the fifth year in a row CSU has been named a Military Friendly School, in the company of the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools. The list, published by GI Jobs magazine, recognizes higher education institutions that embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
  • Fashion-Schools.org ranked CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising in the upper echelon of fashion design and merchandising programs in the nation for 2014. CSU’s department was ranked ninth in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 16th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields.
  • CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences programs rank in the top 10 percent of the world’s best universities according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • CSU’s College of Business ranks in the top 15 percent of the world’s best universities for its research, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • CSU is listed among the nation’s best universities by Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company. Students surveyed say that CSU is a “hidden gem” that offers a “wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture,” along with “excellent” green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities. CSU also cares about its students becoming active members in the community, according to the 2014 Princeton Review “Best 378 Colleges.”
  • CSU is among Forbes’ Top Colleges for 2013. The university ranks among the top Research Universities and Universities in the West.
  • US_News_HorseCSU’s professional doctoral veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences consistently places among the top three vet schools in the nation. It is also ranked third in the nation in federal research dollars.
  • The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences - designated a “Program of Excellence” by the state of Colorado - ranks No. 6 among similar programs nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition.
  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 34th in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • CSU’s graduate programs in science, engineering and business also were recognized as some of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. Civil engineering and chemistry were both ranked in the top 50.
  • CSU’s online Psychology undergraduate degree completion program, Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree completion program, Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering specialization and Master of Computer Science and Information Technology were independently reviewed and ranked by GetEducated.com as top "Best Buys.” The data-driven lists spotlight the most affordable online degrees from regionally accredited colleges.
  • CSU’s College of Business is among the “Best Administered” business schools in the nation according to Princeton Review. CSU’s College of Business ranks fourth in the nation in the “Best 296 Business Schools” book for 2013.

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CSU among best for first-generation students

"The Best Colleges" featured Colorado State among the best in the nation for first-generation students. Recognized as ahead of its peers, CSU began offering assistance to first-generation students in 1984 when it created the First Generation Award. The award program, which is only available to eligible students who are the first in their family to attend college, was created to encourage high school students and incoming transfer students to further their education. The First Generation Award program also sought to promote diversity within the university. “By being attentive to the needs of first-generation students, we are able to provide access and opportunities to students who, through their successful participation in higher education, can become valuable contributors in their chosen professions and can positively influence the lives of other family members,” said Mary Ontiveros, vice president for Diversity at CSU. “We believe that first-generation faculty members are familiar with the academic journey of first-generation students and also can also help to impact their retention.” Colorado State has more than 5,500 first generation students enrolled this spring. “CSU continues to develop a ‘village approach’ to serving the unique needs of these educational pioneers by engaging faculty and staff allies in supporting first-gen students,” said Barb Musslewhite, First Generation Award committee chair. “The Best Colleges” ranks accredited colleges based on affordability, tuition, retention rate and starting salary for graduates. Other institutions featured include Cornell University, Trinity University, Yale University, Texas Tech University and California State University San Marcos.

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