Shoreline Community College is the top-ranked community college in Washington, according to the online ranking service, StateUniversity.com.
“This ranking system of U.S. public and private educational institutions is statistical and based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the schools themselves,” ther service Web site says. “Based on the data provided by these schools, we rank the schools on a combination of factors including student retention, faculty salary, and student/faculty ratio.”
Shoreline Community College is ranked first among community colleges in the state and 26th among all colleges. Bellingham Technical College is the top technical school, according to the rankings.
“I’m pleased that the efforts made by everyone here at Shoreline are paying off in this statistical analysis of performance,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “We know this is great college, our students know it is a great college, now everybody can know it.”
StateUniversity.com says the primary difference between their process and other rankings is is the absence of peer evaluation and peer surveys.
“Some other popular ranking systems rely heavily on peer evaluations - colleges' evaluations of other colleges - in determining the ‘best’ schools,” a posting on the site says. “In recent years, peer evaluations have come under fire by college ranking critics, who assert that the peer surveys introduce bias and inaccuracy into the process.”
The top three colleges in Washington, according to the rankings are: Whitman College, Gonzaga University and the University of Puget Sound. The University of Washington is ranked fourth with Seattle University fifth.