Topic: University of Puget Sound
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October 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Four Washington private schools have landed on Kiplinger’s list of best values in private colleges.
The personal finance magazine released the list on its website this week, and the list will also appear in the magazine’s December edition.
Among the nation’s private universities, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University, both in Spokane, ranked 34th and 44th, respectively. Among liberal arts colleges, Whitman College in Walla Walla ranked 34th, and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma ranked 93rd.
Of the four schools, Whitman — which has the highest sticker price, more than $55,000 a year — also has the lowest average debt at graduation, about $17,000. The college says that’s because it offers the most generous aid packages among the state’s private schools — on average, students receive $26,000 in need-based aid.
The magazine also answers the question about why it can label private schools as a good value when the average cost is about $40,000 a year. The answer: “Private institutions’ abundant need- and merit-based aid means that most families pay about half the advertised price.”
August 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound, a private liberal arts college, has made a prestigious college rankings list in a new edition of the book “Colleges that Change Lives.”
It’s the first time that UPS has appeared on the list, which recognizes 40 colleges with low student-to-faculty ratios that focus on the liberal arts and sciences, and where professors are deemed to be passionate about teaching, mentoring and advising their students. The schools are also noted for emphasizing community involvement and personal growth, out-of-classroom learning experiences and a strong network of alumni.
The first edition of the book, published in 1996 and written by former New York Times education reporter Loren Pope, included both private Whitman College in Walla Walla and The Evergreen State College, a public college in Olympia. In this fourth edition of the book, written by Hilary Masell Oswald, Evergreen didn’t make the list of 40.
April 25, 2012 at 6:50 PM
The News Tribune
A suspected car prowler fired a shot at two University of Puget Sound campus security officers Wednesday.
University spokeswoman Shirley Skeel said no one was shot in the incident, which happened about 5:14 p.m. near the campus in Tacoma’s North End.
She said there was a report of a man in a parking lot behind several university-owned houses near Union Avenue and North 14th Street.
The man appeared to be attempting to break into cars.
Campus security officers were alerted, and when they showed up, the suspect pulled a gun and fired one shot, Skeel said. The man then fled in a stolen vehicle.
Tacoma Police were searching for the suspect Wednesday evening.
Skeel said two safety alerts were sent to the campus community, which can choose to receive safety messages by email or phone. Two students contacted The News Tribune to complain that the university had failed to send out the alert in a timely fashion.
December 5, 2011 at 9:48 AM
The president of one of the state’s small private colleges had the highest annual compensation package in 2009, and the president of the state’s largest private college had one of the smallest packages, according to an annual report released today by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Chronicle’s report shows that Ronald Thomas, president of the University of Puget Sound, had a total compensation package of $543,066 in 2009, making him the highest-paid private college president in the state. The Rev. Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University – the state’s largest private college in 2009 — made $314,000.
UPS had an enrollment of 2,879 in 2009, the third-smallest college listed in the report. Seattle University had an enrollment of 7,751.
(Seattle University officials pointed out that most of Sundborg’s salary is donated to the Society of Jesus; Seattle University is a Jesuit school. Sundborg, in return, lives on campus, where he is provided with food, board, job-related travel and other expenses. He draws a quarterly stipend of about $1,000.)
The report found that in 2009, the median total compensation among 519 presidents at colleges with budgets exceeding $50 million was $385,909. All of Washington’s seven colleges listed in the report had budgets of at least $90 million.
Nationally, the Chronicle found that private college salaries went up by about 2.2 percent over 2008. The median base salary increased by 2.8 percent, to $294,489.
After Thomas, the next-highest-paid private college president was Pacific Lutheran University’s Loren Anderson, who made $539,000.
Seattle Pacific University president Philip Eaton – who is retiring next year — made $421,000, and William Robinson, the former president of Whitworth, made $399,000 in 2009.
George Bridges, president of Whitman College, made $353,660. Thayne McCulloh, who was interim president of Gonzaga University at the time of the survey, made $278,489, the smallest amount.
The newspaper also found that most colleges spent a small percent of their budgets on their presidents, a median of 0.4 percent. That was generally true of Washington’s colleges as well, although Robinson, of Whitworth, was paid 0.5 percent, and Sundborg, of Seattle University, was paid 0.1 percent.
It’s difficult to compare public university presidents in this state to private college presidents, because the state’s universities are so much larger. But if you’re curious, here’s a story about how much University of Washington President Michael Young makes. And recently, Central Washington University gave its president, Jim Gaudino, a substantial retention incentive if he stays on the job for five more years — a decision that upset some students and faculty members.
To see the Chronicle’s full survey of private college presidential salaries, go to chronicle.com/compensation.
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