WWU lands on list of most-efficient universities

Western Washington University is on a new U.S. News and World Report list of highly ranked universities that operate most efficiently.

The new U.S. News list includes schools able to produce the highest educational quality, as determined by their place in U.S. News rankings, but spend relatively less money to achieve that high academic quality.

WWU was the only public university or college from the state of Washington to make the recent U.S. News rankings.

“Western offers a premier education, and our top priority is to foster a campus culture of academic excellence,” Western President Bruce Shepard said, in a press release. “Even in these times of reduced state funding we continue to operate very efficiently, making the best use of limited resources. That is a direct result of the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff.”

Universities and colleges featured on the list are succeeding at managing financial resources compared to other schools that may have greater state funding, higher tuition or larger endowments, according to U.S. News.

Only schools ranked in the top half of their ranking category in the Best Colleges 2013 rankings were included in this analysis.

According to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, WWU is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest.

The school also is ranked third among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific.

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