American City Business Journals: Rowan among best U.S. public schools

American City Business Journals: Rowan among best U.S. public schools

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American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the parent company of the Philadelphia Business Journal, has ranked Rowan 108 out of 499 public colleges and universities it surveyed across the United States.

Released this week, the study compared data from eight categories: selectivity, advancement, prospects, resources, costs, diversity, community and past.

In a statement ACBJ noted that “the highest marks went to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.”

Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand said the university’s four-pillared approach to growth and improvement – a focus on high quality education, increased access, affordability and its role as an economic engine for the region – has produced visible results for Rowan, its students and the community.

“We work hard to make a difference in our students’ lives and it’s nice to be recognized,” Houshmand said.

Rowan over the past six years alone had experienced tremendous growth, adding some 7,000 students for an enrollment that now exceeds 17,000.

Over the past 12 months, Rowan has opened two new academic buildings – Engineering Hall and Business Hall—  partnered in the construction of Holly Pointe Commons, a $145 million main campus residence hall that was fully built by the private sector and opened a new academic building on its Camden campus.

In addition to Holly Pointe, the University continues to foster public private partnerships in the $400 million Rowan Boulevard project and elsewhere.

Perhaps more significantly, it continues to create educational partnerships with community college partners to offer creative, flexible, affordable pathways to a four-year degree.

Further, a 2015 report determined that Rowan’s economic impact is more than $100 million in its home communities annually and more than $1.2 billion annually statewide.