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Oklahoma's universities hold steady or edge down in U.S. News and World Report rankings

Oklahoma's universities held steady or edged downward in a national ranking of colleges and universities released Tuesday. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges ranking was released Tuesday.
by Silas Allen Published: September 10, 2013
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Oklahoma's national universities held steady or edged downward in a national ranking of colleges and universities released Tuesday.

The 2014 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges ranking was released Tuesday. The report ranks schools nationwide in a number of categories, including performance criteria like graduation rates and freshman retention rates, as well as other factors like selectivity.

None of Oklahoma's three national universities — the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa — moved up in this year's ranking. OU was tied with seven other schools for 101st place, the same ranking it received for the past two years.

In a statement, OU President David Boren said he was pleased with the ranking. Boren said the university doesn't place great emphasis on the ranking because they aren't based on evaluation of the university's academic programs.

OSU moved down slightly, dropping from 139th last year to 142nd this year, where it's tied with seven other schools. OSU dropped in the ranking last year as well, falling from 132nd place the previous year.

Although it moved down in the ranking, TU fared best of Oklahoma's three universities. The university was ranked 86th, where it was tied with the University of Alabama, University of California — Santa Cruz and the University of Colorado Boulder. TU also moved down in last year's ranking, falling to 83rd last year from 75th the previous year.

Meanwhile, two of Oklahoma City's regional universities — Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Christian University — climbed in the rankings. OCU moved from 26th place among western regional universities last year to 24th place this year. OC moved up one space, climbing from 43rd place last year to 42nd place this year.

Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News and World Report, said changes in the way the rankings are calculated may have caused schools to move up or down in the rankings.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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