HSU ranked fifth for grads seeking advanced degrees

Henderson State University has been named one of the top universities in the country for helping undergraduate students make the move to graduate school. U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) ranked Henderson State fifth in the United States for the percentage of students who pursue an advanced degree within a year of attaining their undergraduate degrees.

“This new ranking further supports our belief that Henderson State is one of the top schools in the country for its dedication to student success,” said President Glen Jones. “Our caring faculty members – many of whom stay in contact with their students throughout graduate or professional school – instill in their students the skills graduate schools prize – the ability to communicate, solve problems, reason through challenges and work as members of a team. Through the application of balanced undergraduate programs, we are developing well-rounded students who are prepared to succeed in master’s and doctoral programs.”

About 60 percent of Henderson State graduates seek a master’s degree or enroll in professional school within a year of graduation. Universities nationwide are expected to award 802,000 master's degrees during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“College graduates looking for an edge in the job market often turn to graduate school to gain extra skills and credentials,” according to the report. “Among the 11 schools with the highest percentage of students who quickly head to graduate school, the average was 58.5 percent.”

In September, Henderson State University was named one of the top 50 publicly funded regional universities in the south. The university was ranked No. 42 among the public universities in the south that focus on undergraduate education. In addition, Henderson State was ranked No. 87 of the south’s regional universities.

To rank colleges, USNWR first categorizes each school based on its mission (research university or liberal arts college, for example) and, in some cases, its location (North, South, Midwest and West). Once schools have been assigned a category, the organization gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence, including retention, graduation and acceptance rates.

“Henderson State’s ranking underscores how we provide a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society,” said Provost Steve Adkison, chief academic officer at Henderson State. “Henderson State’s academic programs integrate scholarly activities, creativity and community involvement in a nurturing, personal atmosphere that reflects our motto: The School with a Heart.”

“As we continue to work to achieve the goals in our strategic plan, our service to students and the greater community will continue to enhance the fine reputation of our university.”