The excellence of Lawrence Technological University’s programs is recognized by independent comparative guidebooks and other organizations: U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, Princeton Review, PayScale, G.I. Jobs, and the Association of Independent Technological Universities.
U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2013
Lawrence Technological University’s online bachelor’s degree programs ranked sixth in the 2013 national survey by U.S. News & World Report. The survey rated online programs on factors such as best practices, graduation rates, student indebtedness, and academic and career support services offered to students. LTU’s online bachelor’s degree programs also scored highest in the entire country for student engagement.
Lawrence Tech also ranked within the Top Tier of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges rankings for 2013. Within its classification of Regional Universities-Midwest, Lawrence Tech ranks 40th of 107 colleges and universities listed, including ties.
In addition to the University’s overall citation, on a national basis Lawrence Tech is cited as 57th in the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
Lawrence Tech has consistently ranked in the top tier of its category since the early 1990s
Princeton Review 2013
Lawrence Technological University has earned the “Best in the Midwest” designation for the fourth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey. Lawrence Tech was among the 153 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region and 633 colleges selected overall, representing 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region.
“We’re pleased to recommend Lawrence Technological University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review, a standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company.
Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous survey that asked students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.
According to The Princeton Review, LTU undergraduates speak highly of their “very knowledgeable” professors who endeavor to “create opportunities for students” and strive to make sure “that they have all the tools to succeed.”
The Princeton Review noted that Lawrence Tech students describe their teachers as “enthusiastic” and “highly motivated” educators who “bring [their] material to life” and allow undergrads to “have fun.” Overall, undergraduates see Lawrence as “all about pushing students to learn everything they can in the classroom and be[ing] able [to use that knowledge] in the real world.”
Lawrence Technological University is in the top 7 percent of colleges in the country for the increased earning power generated by a college bachelor’s degree – known as return on investment (ROI) – according to the third annual survey by PayScale, a Seattle-based compensation data firm.
PayScale’s 2013 college education ROI rankings were determined by averaging the earnings of a college’s graduates over 30 years in 2012 dollars and then subtracting the 2012 cost of a bachelor’s degree at the college and the average 30-year earnings of contemporaries who started working right after high school.
The net return on investment on an LTU bachelor’s degree over 30 years was $933,300, which was in the top 7 percent of more than a thousand colleges in the nationwide survey.
Lawrence Tech’s 30-year ROI was better than the results for the other Detroit-area colleges covered by the survey.
The survey was based on PayScale’s database of online pay reports for more than a million college graduates nationwide and information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
For the methodology and complete results from the survey, go tohttp://www.payscale.com/college-education-value-2013.
Military Friendly School
Lawrence Technological University has again been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2013 compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Tens of billions of dollars in tuition money in the Post-9/11 GI Bill make it easier for veterans to pay for college, but it is often difficult to find the right institution or academic program. “Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend,” said Rich McCormack, publisher of the Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated Lawrence Tech as a “Yellow Ribbon School” for providing up to $5,500 per year to qualified veterans.
Lawrence Tech also offers military discounts to all active military, inactive, reserve or retired military – 15 percent off tuition and fees.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. The list was compiled through exhaustive research of more than 7,000 schools nationwide.
Association of Independent Technological Universities
Established in 1957, the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) is an organization of leading American technological institutions whose mission is to exchange ideas and best practices; to advance engineering, science, and professional education; and to inspire innovation. Members are:
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Keck Graduate Institute
Lawrence Technological University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gold Edison Award
Lawrence Technological University and the 19 other colleges and universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) were awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support at the Edison Awards 25th anniversary celebration on April 28, 2012 in New York City.
The Edison Awards promote the time-tested characteristics of innovation of visionaries such as Thomas Edison. The Edison Best New Product Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products, services and business leaders in the world.
The collegiate engineering programs in the KEEN network were recognized for their collaborative work together to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in all of the nearly 19,000 students they collectively teach. In addition to the rigorous technical fundamentals they offer as part of their normal engineering curricula, these engineering programs offer experiential opportunities aimed at instilling in the students a set of professional skills necessary for their future work.
In 2009, Lawrence Tech was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to further integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in the education of undergraduate engineering students.
In 2010, Lawrence Tech and five other KEEN universities formed the Dynamic Compass Network (DCN) to share innovative approaches to entrepreneurial education in curricular innovation, faculty excellence, a community of practitioners, peer collaboration, continuous improvement, and experiential learning.
Lawrence Tech took the lead by implementing a pilot project that provided benchmarks for the network.