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Area colleges differ on promoting U.S. News rankings

Valley City State University continues to tout its ranking in the news magazine U.S. News & World Report, despite increased criticism this year that the rankings are flawed.

VCSU President Ellen Chaffee said while the rankings aren't perfect, they measure some important criteria such as faculty-student ratio and graduation rates.

Valley City State ranks No. 3 in the report's best public baccalaureate colleges of the Midwest. This is the 10th year in a row Valley City State has made that list, which was released today.

The university is proud of that ranking because it means a third party has reviewed the college and found it worthy of notice, Chaffee said.

Other area colleges issued news releases today about how they fared in the rankings, while other universities chose to ignore them.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead President Roland Barden hadn't looked at the rankings this morning.

"Frankly, our university, and myself, for sure, are primarily concerned about our standing with the good people of our service region," Barden said.

For more on this story, read Saturday's Forum.

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