Sep 192011
Authors: Bailey Constas

According to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” Colorado State University is “one of the top 20 [universities] that makes writing a priority as a critical element of student success.”

Anne Gill, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, believes this is an accomplishment for the university.

“Is this particular U.S. News and World Report ranking based on factual information?  Yes, it is.  Is it exciting?  It certainly is, given the type of institution that is ranked in the same top tier as CSU,” Gill said.

CSU’s writing program is not restricted to English or journalism majors, but rather is open to all students who incorporate writing into their education in some way.

“Courses in most of the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) categories are required to have significant writing assignments,” Gill said. “A composition faculty member, Dr. Sue Doe, works directly with faculty who teach AUCC courses to help design assignments that will help students improve their writing.”

Pattie Cowell, associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts, also believes these rankings should be taken seriously.

“This is truly an honor for the university, particularly in light of the fact that virtually every university in the country has a writing program,” Cowell said.

Even students can see the benefits of a highly ranked school.

Freshman journalism major Stephany Fox doesn’t focus on ratings.

“Honestly I didn’t … when I picked the school,” Fox said. “But it’s good to have the ratings available so you get a general idea of what everyone else thinks.”

“With great rankings comes great pride,” said freshman mechanical engineering major Tyler Cox. “When I see that CSU is doing well in something, I take pride in that along with my university.”

The recent release from the school also stated that the National Science Foundation ranked CSU second in the nation for federal research dollars spent among all public universities without a medical school. Research dollars have also grown 24 percent in the past six years.

“The U.S. News and World Report ranking is a confirmation of what we already knew at Colorado State University:” Gill said. “That we have created an excellent writing-across-the-curriculum program— which is relatively rare at large public institutions of higher education.”

Collegian writer Bailey Constas can be reached at

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