Lenawee County colleges and university all recognized as 'Best Colleges in Michigan in 2022'

ADRIAN — Lenawee County’s three institutions of higher learning were recently recognized as part of the “Best Colleges in Michigan in 2022” list compiled by the resource website Intelligent.com.

Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College were included as part of Intelligent’s list of the top 44 colleges in Michigan. Adrian College was ranked 16th and was listed for its 3+2 master’s program. Siena Heights wasn’t far behind, placing 18th in the state and being recognized for having the best adult education. Jackson College rounded the list of 44 in 44th, recognized for having the best accelerated sessions in Michigan.

Christine Knaggs, dean of graduate studies at Adrian College, center, talks with AC students Kaitlyn Probelski and Andrea Vidusic on Adrian's campus. Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College were recently recognized as part of the “Best Colleges in Michigan in 2022” list compiled by the resource website Intelligent.com.
Christine Knaggs, dean of graduate studies at Adrian College, center, talks with AC students Kaitlyn Probelski and Andrea Vidusic on Adrian's campus. Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College were recently recognized as part of the “Best Colleges in Michigan in 2022” list compiled by the resource website Intelligent.com.

Nearby Hillsdale College was 43rd and was credited for being the best small college in the state for business degrees.

Research conducted by Intelligent.com identified the best programs in the nation based on attributes such as flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost and reputation. Intelligent.com implemented a methodology that ranks each program on a scale from 1 to 100 across five categories. The scoring system compares each university according to program strength, student readiness, return on investment, cost and student engagement. Researchers compared 704 programs from 2,900 universities and colleges across the United States.

“Data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that Americans who hold a bachelor’s degree earn an average wage of $1,248 per week, while those with only a high school diploma earn a lower weekly wage of $746,” Intelligent.com said on its website.

Michigan is home to 22 public universities, 32 private nonprofit colleges and two private for-profit institutions. According to College Board, a nonprofit organization that runs the SAT and Advanced Placement programs, the average undergraduate student in Michigan paid $13,960 in tuition and school fees at public colleges during the 2020-21 school year.

In the 2019-20 school year, full-time undergraduate students received an average of $14,940 in financial aid, according to Intelligent.com.

With all of the data in mind, the website assessed 56 Michigan colleges and universities and compared 280 education programs to reach its list.

“This list includes what we’ve found to be the best colleges in Michigan,” the website said. “We’ve tried to provide you with a broad range of choices, and as such, we’ve selected schools for this list that include large research universities, midsize universities, and smaller arts and technology colleges. We’ve also looked for schools that offer both in-person and distance learning options.”

The top three schools in the list were the University of Michigan (Intelligent pick), Michigan State University (best public research institution) and Baker College (best private college), respectively.

Students in the undergraduate 3+2 program at Adrian College are automatically eligible for entry into the master’s program after meeting entry requirements, a news release from Adrian College said. 3+2 programs allow students to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

“I am very proud of this accolade. We are instilling in our students the desire to continue their education and pursue master’s degrees within their professions,” Christine Knaggs, Adrian College dean of graduate studies, said in the release. “We do so much outreach and work with our undergraduate students to make them aware of our graduate programs and have them see them as valuable and viable options.”

Experts at Intelligent.com assessed programs that help students enhance and develop advanced skills for a variety of in-demand positions and noted Adrian College offers flexible distance learning that appeals to busy adults with hybrid models that include on-campus and online formats. AC was also designated “Best for International Students” within its Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training.

SHU scored an Intelligent rating of 86.78, according to the study, while Jackson College scored a 65.48.

Each college or university listed on the website included such information as the estimated cost per credit, the institution’s accreditation, the number of required credits to graduate and contact/program information for the school.

Intelligent.com also provides financial aid suggestions for students considering a postsecondary education. Federal and state resources are noted on the website, which can “connect you with grants, scholarship and other financial aid opportunities if you’re attending school in the state.”

This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Lenawee County colleges and university recognized as best in Michigan