For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges has named New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) among the nation’s top tier of national research universities offering a range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees. It also named NJIT as the nation’s ninth most diverse institution of higher education.
The magazine uses expert opinion and statistical data that it says are reliable indicators of academic quality. Among the criteria used to score schools are the graduation rates and the rates at which students are retained from the first to the second year. Class size, faculty resources, the student/faculty ratio, and selectivity in admissions are also key elements of the ranking.
"As one of the nation’s science and technology universities, we are especially gratified to see NJIT make the top tier once again among the best universities in the US News list,” said Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president of NJIT.
“Students who enroll at NJIT are challenged with a demanding science and technology curriculum. Around finals, this place is not for the fainthearted. We enroll academically well-prepared students in our Honors College, and we enroll some students who need just that little bit of extra academic assistance. Four years worth of academic rigor, support, advising, internships and co-operative work opportunities greet those students from their first to their last days. Today, we hold our collective heads high among the nation’s best. Congratulations NJIT.”
Priscilla Nelson, PhD, NJIT Provost, applauded the efforts of NJIT’s faculty and staff for their continuing efforts to focus on students. “At NJIT, attention to students always remains paramount,” Nelson said. “For example, we’re happy to see this survey acknowledge our innovative student-centered instruction and our smart use of technology in the classroom.” The majority of undergraduate class sections enroll fewer than 20 students, helping students to master the rigorous curriculum of the sciences, engineering, technology and management.
Joel Bloom, vice president for academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College noted that NJIT has been repeatedly recognized for being in the top percentage nationwide for awarding baccalaureate degrees to African-American engineers. “As a public university, NJIT works hard to achieve the dual status of being nationally ranked while also committed to diversity,” Bloom explained. “The strength of our incomparable Equal Opportunity Program takes credit for making lifelong learners of many of those students whom we help graduate from NJIT as stars.”