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Another publication lists NMSU among the best in the U.S.

An independent publication has listed New Mexico State University among the best in the United States, ranked ahead of the University of New Mexico and several prestigious universities around the country.

ton Monthly, a monthly magazine of U.S. politics and government based in Washington, D.C., ranks NMSU 44th out of 245 institutions of higher learning in its second annual rankings. The rankings were based on criteria which determined how well colleges and universities serve the public interest by fostering research, an ethic of national service and social mobility.

"It's an honor for New Mexico State to be recognized for the dedication we have as one university for student success. As you can see, this ranking measures how well we do in our mission as a land grant university," said NMSU President Michael Martin. "This, in addition to our high marks from other prestigious publications, is more proof of the quality of education we provide our students."

These rankings are a direct answer to U.S. News & World Reports annual college guide, which lists New Mexico State at No. 194. The U.S. News rankings are based on significantly different factors, such as peer assessment, retention and student selection.

"We have a duty to all the people in the state of New Mexico to make higher education attainable," said Bill Flores, NMSU executive vice president and provost. "As a land-grant institution, that is an integral part of our mission."

"We aim to develop productive citizens and provide them with every opportunity to succeed," Flores added. "When you measure us by those standards, NMSU always rises to the top. Ultimately, we are student-focused and student-centered and proud to be that way."

Earlier this summer, NMSU was ranked among the best universities in awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees to minorities by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Victor Venegas
Sept. 13, 2006