October 2017 Around Town

CSUB Moves into Top 10 
in National Rankings For 
Master’s Degree Programs

California State University, Bakersfield has moved into the top 10 universities in the United States for master’s degree programs, according to the latest national ranking by Washington Monthly, a D.C-based magazine. CSUB moved up two spots from last year’s ranking and has risen significantly from its number 87 ranking in 2015.

In addition, Washington Monthly ranked CSUB No. 4 for the Best Bang for the Buck for Western Colleges, a listing of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“These honors are the latest recognition of the difference the university is making in transforming the lives of our students,” President Horace Mitchell says. “This national recognition is a tribute to the passion and commitment of our faculty, staff and administrators to excellence and the success of our students.”

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research and service. Unlike other rankings, Washington Monthly’s rankings measure “what colleges can do for their country.”

Earlier this year, California State University, Bakersfield ranked No. 3 in the country for the upward mobility of its students from the bottom fifth of income distribution to the top three-fifths. According to the study, 81 percent of CSUB students who enrolled in the late 1990s moved from the bottom fifth of the income distribution to the top three-fifths. Only New Jersey Institute of Technology (85 percent) and Pace University (82 percent) ranked above CSU Bakersfield in that category.

CSUB offers graduate degrees and programs in 21 areas, including a doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D).

Other recent accolades for CSUB include:

  • The Wall Street Journal – “A Top University for Student Inclusion,” 2017.
  • Washington Monthly – Best Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges, 2015 and 2016.
  • The Economist — #10 Best Economic Value of Degree, 2015.
  • Carnegie Foundation –Community Engagement Classification, 2015 and 2016.
  • Brookings Institute – 95th Percentile for Expected Student Earnings, 2015.
  • Hispanic Outlook – Publisher’s Picks Top 50 Colleges and Universities, 2015.
  • Georgetown University — #6 for schools yielding the highest salaries, 2015.
  • Time magazine — #39 Top Colleges and Universities, 2014.

Business Conference & Expo 
Set for October 26

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Business Conference & Expo from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. The event will feature a vendor fair featuring local businesses selling their products and services, food samples from local restaurants and caterers, workshops and a keynote speaker.

To apply to be a vendor, view sponsorship opportunities or for more information, visit BakersfieldChamber.org.

Registration Open 
For Bakersfield Marathon

The second Bakersfield Marathon is scheduled for November 12, and registration is open for the marathon, half marathon, two-person half marathon relay and 5K fun run. The event, a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, will start and end on the California State University, Bakersfield campus and the course will take participants through iconic local neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Oleander and more.

Packet pick-up for the races will be held on November 11 in conjunction with a health and fitness expo, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.

To register and for more information, visit RunBakersfield.com.