#1 for fifth year!!

By Website Administrator | Aug 30, 2004

Kettering is #1 again in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in the 2005 "America's Best Colleges Guide." Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering are ranked in the Top Ten nationally.

#1 for the fifth year in a row!! Three programs in the Top Ten nationally!!

Kettering University has retained its #1 ranking for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and landed a total of three key programs in the TOP TEN in the 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges Guide," which is published by "U.S. News & World Report." It is the fifth year in a row that Kettering has been ranked tops in the country. Kettering's category is Undergraduate Engineering schools, whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree.

#1 - Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
#8 - Mechanical Engineering
#9 - Electrical and Computer Engineering
#14 - overall ranking for Kettering University.

You can view all the rankings at USNews.com. The "America's Best Colleges" newsstand book and the weekly edition of "U.S.News & World Report" magazine (containing many of the rankings) will both go on sale Monday, Aug. 23.

#1 for Year #5 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering retained its #1 ranking. It is the fifth year in a row Kettering has been designated as best in the country in its category.

Kettering University sits alone at the top of the list this year, followed by:
Bradley University (Illinois),
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (California),
University of Michigan-Dearborn and University of Wisconsin-Platteville tied for #4.

"Being continually recognized by your peers is a great honor," said David Poock, department head for Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and Business (IMEB). "When you have excellent students, outstanding faculty and a good learning environment, you have the right ingredients for a recognizable program. Our faculty members are continually improving the curriculum and the laboratory to have a degree program that meets the needs not only of our students but also of their employers."

From #10 to #8 -- Mechanical Engineering climbs in the Top Ten Kettering's Mechanical Engineering Department, the largest academic unit on campus, has maintained its Top Ten ranking for the past four years. This year, it has climbed to #8.

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering is certainly very proud of this result and we will work even harder in the future," said K. Joel Berry, P.E., professor of Mechanical Engineering, department head, and holder of the Eugene W. Kettering Chair of Power Engineering. "We believe our program is one of the best in the nation and is supported by dedicated faculty and staff committed to academic excellence every hour, every day," he added.

The top schools in this Mechanical Engineering category are:

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Indiana),
Cooper Union (New York),
United States Military Academy (New York),
Harvey Mudd College (California),
Bucknell University (Pennsylvania),
United States Naval Academy (Maryland),
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (California),
Kettering University,
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wisconsin), and
United States Air Force Academy (Colorado)

Retaining its spot -- #9 for Electrical Engineering

Kettering's Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. continued its Top Ten listing at #9.

Mark Wicks, department head for Electrical and Computer Engineering, said he was very pleased with the ranking. "It's evidence of the strength of our program and the success of our graduates. Several components work together to make our program successful. Two important parts are the outstanding faculty members who are committed to developing a strong curriculum and the practical real-world experience that comes from our emphasis on lab work, student design projects, and student employment at one of our corporate partners," he added.

The top schools in this category are:

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Indiana),
Cooper Union (New York),
Harvey Mudd College (California),
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (California),
United States Air Force Academy (Colorado),
United States Military Academy (New York),
United States Naval Academy (Maryland),
Bucknell University (Pennsylvania),
Kettering University,
Loyola Marymount (California),
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wisconsin),
San Jose State University (California).

Overall rank: #14

Kettering is in the "Top Twenty" in the country once again. This year, it shares the honor with:

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Indiana),
Harvey Mudd College (California),
Cooper Union (New York),
United States Military Academy (New York),
United States Naval Academy (Maryland),
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (California),
United States Air Force Academy (Colorado),
Bucknell University (Pennsylvania),
Villanova University (Pennsylvania),
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida),
Lafayette College (Pennsylvania),
Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania),
United States Coast Guard Academy (Connecticut),
Kettering University,
Baylor University (Texas),
Cal State Poly - Pomona (California),
Milwaukee School of Engineer (Wisconsin),
San Jose State University (California).

Methodology: Best undergraduate engineering programs A detailed explanation is available on the U.S. News website at usnews.com. The U.S. News reports that schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, by region. Next, staff members gather data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects the judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Most of the data comes from colleges and universities. U.S. News reports it "takes pains to ensure accuracy." This year, 95.2 percent of schools returned surveys. U.S. News obtained missing data from sources such as the American Association of University Professors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Council for Aid to Education, and the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The ranking formula gives greatest weight to the opinions of those in a position to judge a school's academic excellence.

Following are the indicators used to measure academic quality:
Peer assessment (25 percent),
Retention (20 percent),
Faculty resources (20 percent),
Student selectivity (15 percent),
Financial resources (10 percent),
Graduation rate (5 percent),
Alumni giving (5 percent).

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu