Student engagement at Tech recognized in WSJ/THE rankings

Sep 28, 2020 | General News, Rankings, Students

Louisiana Tech University has again been named one of Louisiana’s top universities in the Wall Street Journal-Times Higher Education 2021 College Rankings.

The 2021 rankings explore data that measure resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment. Data come from a variety of sources: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid, the College Scorecard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the THE US Student Survey, the THE Academic Survey, and the Elsevier bibliometric dataset.

Louisiana Tech received the highest score among the state’s universities – both public and private – on engagement, or the measure of student engagement on campus, their recommendations about the university, the level of interaction between students and faculty, and the number of accredited programs offered.

“Louisiana Tech’s faculty and staff members share a dedication to each student’s success,” said Dr. Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech. “Our faculty provide a balance between support and challenge for all students, pushing them to become better scholars and citizens, and each staff member focuses on providing resources and opportunities to help every student excel.”

In the 2021 college rankings, Harvard University earned the top spot for the fourth straight year, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University.

To participate in the WSJ-THE rankings, colleges must meet eligibility requirements, including:

  • Title IV eligible
  • Awards four-year bachelor’s degrees
  • Located in the 50 states or Washington, DC
  • Has more than 1,000 students
  • Has 20 per cent or fewer online-only students
  • Is not insolvent

The WSJ/THE College Rankings emphasize the return on investment students see after they graduate.

“Schools that fare the best on this list have graduates who generally are satisfied with their educational experience and land relatively high-paying jobs that can help them pay down student loans,” according to the publication.