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Jan 232006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranked CSU 73rd in the best values category of public colleges.

The ranking was based upon characteristics such as freshmen retention rates, student-faculty ratios and admission rates.

According the CSU Admissions Web site, the university has a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 83 percent and a student-faculty ratio of 18:1 with 67 percent of classes with 29 or fewer students.

Although CSU ranks above many other universities in the nation, it must continue to address the concerns of students and faculty to maintain its reputation of excellence.

The administration will hopefully be able to address the problem of a constantly rising tuition with the allocation of money from the passing of Referendum C.

Class sizes seem to be continually growing with less access for students to professors. Adjuncts are taking the place of teachers, and rising complaints are coming from students about their advisers' lack of help.

Despite these issues, CSU is still a great value for the money. Students are offered a solid education at a university with internationally recognized professors and 150 degree programs to choose from at a price that is more affordable than other in-state colleges.

But success shouldn't make the administration, students or faculty lazy in their pursuit of making CSU a strong, well-known university.

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