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CENTRALIGHTS 2020: Points of Pride

- CWU’s online degree in psychology is one of the nation’s top 10 Best Bachelor’s Degree programs in psychology, according to Bachelor Degree, an online ranking site. CWU’s program was rated ninth best in the U.S.

- CWU has made Sierra Magazine’s 2020 list of “Cool Schools.” The publication, which is the national magazine of the Sierra Club, ranks four-year universities and two-year community colleges on factors such as research, curriculum, campus and public engagement, air and climate, diversity, energy efficiency, and innovation.

- CWU is one of the top 25 one-year online master’s degree programs in the nation, according to the Online Masters Colleges website. Central ranked 16th in the U.S. and was the only Washington state university or college to make the list. 

- CWU was once again ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the west, according to the latest ratings from U.S. News & World Reports. The magazine’s annual survey measures institutions based on data including student debt, social mobility after graduation, and admissions policies.

- Money Magazine has ranked CWU on its 2020-21 Best Colleges list. Central ranked fourth in the state of Washington and 214th in the nation (Out of more than 700 four-year colleges on the list). Schools were ranked based on quality and affordability.

- CWU mathematics professor Brandy Wiegers recently received the 2020 Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The honor is presented annually to a college or university instructor with at least two years of experience as a full-time teacher (but not more than seven years), who excels in the classroom and beyond.

- Jodi Musser, a Career and Technical Education professor at CWU is the 2020 Washington State Family & Consumer Science Teacher Educator of the Year. Musser, a CWU alumna, has taught at Central for more than six years. She was recognized for her passion for teaching and commitment to preparing future CTE teachers.

- CWU's vice president of inclusivity and diversty has been elected to serve as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Delores "Kandee" Cleary was named one of four new NWCCU commissioners earlier this year and began her three-year term in late-June. As a commissioner, she will help rate more than 160 higher education institutions in the region for performance, integrity, and quality.

- CWU was named one of the 2019-20 Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students by Winds of Change Magazine, published by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The Top 200 Colleges list is created for students and families to research “where the community, Native American programs, and support are strong enough for [Indigenous] students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation,” according to the magazine.

- CWU has once again been ranked as one of the top 10 Best Value Colleges in the state of Washington, according to SmartAsset, an online college rating site. SmartAsset compared schools based on a variety of data, including, starting salary of graduates, tuition, living expenses, retention rates, and scholarships awarded.

- CWU’s online bachelor of science degree in public health is ranked fourth in the nation for value, according to the website, Guide to Online Schools.

- Kittitas County Public Hospital District #1 (KVH) Commissioner Matthew Altman, Ph.D., has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance (COG). Altman is also a professor of philosophy and religious studies at CWU.Tthe 26-member COG represents AHA’s trustee members and participates in the association’s advocacy, policy and resource development, with a particular focus on strategic opportunities. Altman will represent the 9th District, composed of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

- CWU is ranked #2 as best online college in Washington state, according to, a national college ranking website. CWU was lauded for the number of online degree programs it offers and for helping make earning a degree more accessible to students.

- CWU ranks as one of the nation’s top 15 best online master’s degrees in Information Technology and Administrative Management, according to College Consensus, a national higher education ranking website. Central was recognized for offering a “stellar degree” program that focuses on leadership, budget planning, communications, supervision, entrepreneurship, and ethics.

-, a web-based research organization that evaluates higher education, named CWU as one of the nation’s Top 60 Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2020. Central was number one in the Northwest and, overall, ranked 36th in the nation in affordability.

- CWU is ranked #1 in the nation for best online master’s degree in higher education program by, a Seattle-based online publication that focuses on higher education. The publication also ranked CWU’s online master’s in education administration program as #2 in the nation and CWU’s online information technology degree as #18 nationally.

- CWU is among the top universities in the nation for having a surge in enrollment applications during the past five years, according to 24/7 Wall Street, a national financial news and information website. CWU ranked 22nd in the country with an 89.9 percent increase during the last five years. Central was ranked first in the state of Washington.

- CWU alumna Mandi Kime has been named one of 20 finalists for the Outstanding Women in Construction award, sponsored by Construction Business Owner Magazine. Kime is the director of safety for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington and graduated from CWU’s Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction program in 2001. The Outstanding Women in Construction award celebrates everyone from general contractors to CEOs to specialty trade workers whose work is helping move the U.S. construction industry forward. A special section in the November edition of CBO will feature one-on-one interviews with each of the finalists and feedback from industry leaders who support the advancement of women in construction. Read more about this year’s finalists here.

- CWU ranked 47th out of 250 schools listed in a new national ranking of universities offering master’s degree programs. The ranking by Washington Monthly magazine considered graduation rates, earnings after graduation, cost and social mobility rank for each institution.

- CWU is a top 20 university in the nation for online college affordability, according to The site, which ranks colleges and universities on a variety of criteria including quality, accessibility, affordability, and excellence of academic and student services, said CWU was the 19th most affordable online college and the only Washington state university in the list’s top 50 schools.

- Money magazine ranked CWU as the fourth best value university in the state of Washington in its latest survey of best colleges in America ranked by value. Money said it weighed 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings to create its 2019 listings.

- CWU is one of the top 35 “Best Bang for Your Buck” universities in the West, according to the 2019 Washington Monthly College Guide, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Central also ranked 47th on the publication’s list of Master’s University rankings (out of more than 600 listed).

- Talent Deck, a Kirkland-based job search platform and career resource provider website, has named CWU as #1 best company for chemistry and psychology jobs in the state of Washington. Talent Desk also ranked Central #1 best company for office assistant jobs in Washington. Talent Desk said the rankings were based on multiple sources including reviews compiled by Glassdoor and the Better Business Bureau.

- Andrew Waldum, lecturer in the Department of Finance and Supply Chain Management as well as in the Department of Management, recently contributed to the website, WalletHub. Waldum offered tips for people wondering if they should apply for a credit card if they have no credit history.

- Tyler Kert, an accounting student at CWU, was awarded an accounting scholarship by the prestigious Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Kert will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The PCOAOB honored 207 students from across the nation with the scholarship. PCAOB scholars are nominated by their education insttutions. The board is a non-profit corporation that oversees auditors of issuers and deal-brokers. It has awarded annual scholarships since 2011.

- CWU is ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Online Information Technology Degree undergraduate programs for 2019, according to Value Colleges, a national college ranking website. Central’s undergraduate ITAM program was ranked 17th in the nation and was one of only three in the state of Washington that made the list.
- CWU’s College of Business offers one of the 50 best online undergraduate business programs in 2019, according to College Consensus, a college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews. College Consensus gave CWU’s program a convenience score (ease of use) of 100 percent along with an affordability score of 91 percent.
-  CWU's College of Business is ranked in the top third of Best Business Schools in the U.S. in 2019, according to a new survey by the Chamber of website. The report also ranked CWU third among business schools in the state of Washington. Rankings were based on factors including tuition costs, location, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ration, number of business classes, and enrollment.
  - Central Washington University's online Psychology degree program is one of the nation's top 35 online bachelor's degree programs in Psychology, according to Online Schools Report, a national degree ranking website. CWU ranked 19th in the U.S. in the survey, which utilized data in seven catagories, including student satisfaction, affordability and earnings potential, and retention rates, to measure program quality.

  - Central Washington University’s online Information Technology and Administrative Management undergraduate degree program is one of the 15 best IT-related bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S., according to Bachelor's Degree Center, a free guide to traditional and online bachelor's degree programs in all disciplines. For more information:

   - A national college ranking website,, named Central Washington University’s human resources management program in the College of Business as one of the best in the nation. CWU’s human resources management specialization (in the business administration major) was ranked 6th in the U.S., according to the website.

  - Ellensburg, is one of the Top 20 micropolitan areas in the nation, according to a new ranking by the Walton Family Foundation. The report ranked micropolitan areas, defined as localities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000, that are measured for potential for economic growth, income gains, and proportion of total jobs at young firms. Ellensburg ranked 18th in the survey, and was the only Washington state town listed in the top 20.

  - Central Washington University is ranked as one of the top 20 universities for online master's programs in information technology by the website, Central is ranked 15th in the nation, according to the annual survey of colleges and universities.

   - Central Washington University is one of the top 25 public regional universities in the west in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Reports. The annual survey of all U.S. colleges and universities also ranked CWU as a top “best value school” among regional universities in the west.

  - Central Washington University offers one of the nation’s top five best online bachelor’s degree programs in writing, according to, an online college evaluation service. noted that unlike many online writing programs, CWU combines a literature-liberal arts foundation with specialized coursework in professional and business writing, editing, publishing, and creative writing, which provides students the freedom to shape their major to their personal and professional needs.

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