LSU ranking falls in 'U.S. News & World Report' list
LSU dropped six spots in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of "Best National Universities," released today, while Southern University remained out of the highest rankings of the "Best Black Colleges" for the second consecutive year. LSU ranked No. 134 overall, tied with four schools: Colorado State University, DePaul University, Hofstra University and University of Arkansas. At the same time, LSU is also ranked No. 67 among top public schools. In the overall rankings, Tulane University is No. 51, and Louisiana Tech University is No. 199. LSU was ranked 124th and 128th overall in the 2011 and 2012 listings, respectively, after first breaking into the top 130 in 2007. LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann, who worked as an adviser to Gov. Kathleen Blanco and has publicly criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal's cuts to higher education, says the top-tier ranking for LSU is testament to the staff's dedication to maintaining quality education, despite the slashing of faculty and staff by 10%, budget cuts and lack of pay raises for four years. "People here are still working as hard as ever to make the university better," Mann says, notwithstanding the perceived tone from Jindal's office "that the work we do here is not that important." Mann compares LSU's retention of a top-tier ranking to that of a student's earning of an "A" grade with 90%: It's still an "A," if not the best possible score. The magazine's full college rankings can be viewed here. —Adam Pearson
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