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California Institute of Technology tops list of world's universities

Other California universities perform exceptionally well, in spite of budget cuts

California schools and universities have suffered recent budget - to little avail. The California Institute of Technology has been rated as the Number One university in the United States. In addition, the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles have maintained their top 20 positions in the list, in spite of massive state funding cuts to higher education.

he California Institute of Technology has been rated as the Number One university in the United States. In addition, the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles have maintained their top 20 positions in the list, in spite of massive state funding cuts to higher education.

he California Institute of Technology has been rated as the Number One university in the United States. In addition, the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles have maintained their top 20 positions in the list, in spite of massive state funding cuts to higher education.


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 2012-13 World University Rankings, released this week by the Times Higher Education magazine in London, placed the Pasadena institution at No. 1, ahead of the University of Oxford and Stanford, which both tied for second place. Harvard placed fourth.

The rest of the top 10 in order were: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago.

Caltech President Jean-Lou Chameau credited the school's success to a simple recipe --

"We always try to recruit exceptional faculty and exceptional students," Chameau said. "We try to support them the best we can and we encourage them to look at big questions, important scientific issues. It has resulted in game-changing types of discoveries."

Chameau also praised the other universities at the top; Caltech is also home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The designations were measured by such factors as research funding, faculty publication, the influence of research as measured by citations, the international make-up of faculty and students and the number of doctorates awarded.

The University of California had five campuses in the top 50 worldwide, with UCLA 13th and U.C. Santa Barbara 35th.  UC San Diego fell to 38th place from 33rd last year, while UC Davis fell to 44th place from 38th. 

Other universities which lost ground include Pennsylvania State, which fell from 51st to 61st, the University of Massachusetts dropping from 64th to 72nd, and Arizona State University, which slid 127th to 148th.

These rankings reflect a troubling trend of public funding cuts at the state and federal level that are eroding U.S. dominance. In the meantime, institutions in Asian countries such as South Korea and Hong Kong are making significant gains.

Phil Baty, the editor who oversaw the rankings says that while the U.S. had 76 institutions among the top 200, 51 of them slid lower down the list from last year.

"The U.S. still has by far the most world-class universities of any nation, and its leading institutions remain the very best in the world -- but there are signs of dangerous complacency and the start of the decline of a world-leading university sector," Baty said in a statement.

"For many years, the U.S. has been the world's biggest investor in tertiary education, spending more of its gross domestic product than any other developed nation on its universities -- but not anymore," he said.

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  1. Margaret Moravec
    1 year ago

    Republican, Democrat, and Tea Party you can help. The sluggish economy, 10% unemployment devastates family savings. Simply asking for more taxes (Prop 30, 32, 38) to spend on self-absorbed UC leadership, inefficient higher education practices, over-the-top salaries, lavish bonuses, is not the answer. Additional state tax funding must sunset:

  2. Milan Moravec
    1 year ago

    Even with a 29% increase in salaries University of California Berkeley looses elete status in world rankings. The public’s University of California harvests family savings, Alumni donations, supporter’s money and taxes. Cal. ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) as a result of the Provost’s, Chancellor’s ‘charge resident’s higher tuition’. UCB tuition is rising faster than other universities.

    Cal ranked # 2 nationally in faculty earning potential. Spending on salaries increased 29% in last six years. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

    University of California negates promise of equality of opportunity: access, affordability. Self-absorbed Provost Breslauer Chancellor Birgeneau are outspoken on ‘charging residents much higher’ tuition.

    Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their entitled funding. The ‘charge instate students higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011 academic years. If they had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over past 10 years fees would still be in reach of middle income students. Breslauer Birgeneau increase disparities in higher education, defeat the promise of equality of opportunity, and create a less-educated work force.

    Republican, Democrat, and Tea Party you can help. The sluggish economy, 10% unemployment devastates family savings. Simply asking for more taxes (Prop 30, 32, 38) to spend on self-absorbed Cal. leadership, inefficient higher education practices, over-the-top salaries, lavish bonuses, is not the answer. Additional state tax funding must sunset:

    UCB is to maximize access to the widest number of residence at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

    The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned. Cal. leadership must accept responsibility for failing Californians.
    Opinions? UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu Calif. State Senators, Assembly members

  3. Daniel
    1 year ago

    My grandpa graduate from there. I often wonder "what happened to me"?

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