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University second in 'best bang for the buck' rankings

Ohio University is ranked the second-best university in the nation in providing students the "Best Bang for Their Buck" in a recent article published on the PolicyMic website.

The story's author, Akil Holmes, who recently earned his master's degree in public policy and management from Heinz College, listed the top 12 universities that would benefit from President Barack Obama's recently unveiled plan to create a new collegiate ranking system.

Holmes wrote that the plan would compare schools based on relative costs, average student debt after graduation, graduation rates, starting salaries after graduation and percentage of low income students attending the school. He used data from these categories to create his list of the 12 top universities that give students the "Best Bang for their Buck."  

"Ohio University is performing better than average in terms of cost, graduation rate, debt at time of graduation and percentage of undergraduates receiving Pell grants," Holmes wrote.

President Roderick J. McDavis said he is always happy to see Ohio University recognized nationally for its commitment to students.

"Transformative education is a valued investment," said President Roderick J. McDavis. "Ohio University is pleased to be acknowledged for our work and commitment to making higher education affordable and attainable. We will continue to make strategic investments to support student success and academic excellence and to ensure access and affordability."

First place on the list went to the University of Cincinnati and third place was given to San Diego State University. Other universities making the list included: University of Houston (4th), Western Michigan University (5th), West Virginia University (6th), University of Arizona (7th), University of Texas (8th), George Mason University (9th), University of Maryland Baltimore County (10th), University of Oklahoma (11th) and Texas A&M University (12th).
"The analysis provided by PolicyMic reinforces the value our students experience as being a part of the Ohio University educational community," said Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Craig Cornell. "Our mission of being the most transformative institution of higher education is experienced by our students every day and why the educational and co-curricular educational opportunities they have is identified here as a best in class for the cost."

According to its website, PolicyMic is the democratic online news platform designed to engage young people in debates about real issues.