National University System sal
The National University System seal. Courtesy National University

Private, nonprofit National University was ranked as the top school for adult learners in Southern California by the respected Washington Monthly magazine.

The ranking released Tuesday listed the San Diego-based university as the 18th best in the country based on social mobility, research and service.

While other college rankings are based on statistics relevant to universities serving a more traditional population, the Washington Monthly assessment, which appears in the September/October 2017 edition, uses metrics more applicable to the adult learning population and is billed by the magazine as the “first-ever ranking of its kind.”

“We are very pleased to see National University recognized as a leader in serving the adult learner population through this independent assessment,” said National University President Dr. David Andrews. “We applaud the achievements of our dedicated adult students, who are juggling many responsibilities while pursuing their educational goals, and we will continue to explore innovative and relevant ways to support them through their educational journeys.”

Washington Monthly noted that  many rankings of colleges and universities ignore adult learners, who constitute approximately 40 percent of all college students.

Founded in 1971, National University offers programs at locations throughout California.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.