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"Grading Doane" chosen as the 2019 Journalism and Media Capstone class topic

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The 2019 Senior Capstone Class chose “Grading Doane” this year as our topic for our semester project. Our goal was to come up with an overall letter grade for Doane University.

We broke our research down into several areas of the university. We researched each area and compared Doane to its peer and aspirant schools. We have given Doane a grade in each category. These grades will determine what overall grade Doane will receive.

The categories are:

  • Health, Crime and Safety

  • Academics

  • Athletics

  • Cost

  • Diversity

  • Facilities

  • Location

  • Student Life

  • Administration and Leadership

Throughout the semester, we researched Doane in order to compare it to eight other schools. We chose schools from Doane’s current list of peer and aspirant schools that were located closest to Doane geographically.

The schools are:

  • Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

  • Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

  • Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Hastings College, Hastings, Neb.

  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

  • Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb.

  • Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri

  • St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Starting this week, we will publish the results of one or more categories in the “Owl” each week. These stories can all be found on page eight. Page seven will serve as the sports page in the meantime.

Additionally, we will have fresh multimedia content on and 91.9 KDNE Radio Station each week.