Several Indiana Institutions Among Nation's Best

Several Indiana Institutions Among Nation's Best

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For the 12th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been rated the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. The ranking is based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook.

In addition to the college’s overall ranking, Rose-Hulman’s individual engineering departments in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering were ranked the number-one undergraduate programs in their class. The rankings are based solely on a spring 2010 peer survey of deans and senior faculty.

“This is a very lively collegial competition, a race to excellence, between the nation’s very best schools,” said Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam. “What a wonderful testament to our faculty, our staff, our students, our alumni and especially our tradition at Rose-Hulman of innovation in education.”

Branam pointed out some of the recent successes of the college, including admission of its largest, most diverse, most globally representative, and most academically talented class this fall. The student Human Powered Vehicle Team achieved its third national title, Rose-Hulman Ventures celebrated its 10th anniversary, and 93 percent of the 2010 class has already been placed.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking is just one of the recent accolades Rose-Hulman has achieved in guides highlighting select colleges. Rose-Hulman also is in the 2011 version of “The Best 373 Colleges,” published by The Princeton Review, and in the “2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman is located on a 200-acre campus just east of Terre Haute, Indiana. The college offers a rigorous, hands-on education that stresses development of technical and interpersonal skills in an environment characterized by close personal attention for every student. The college has an enrollment of 1,900 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.

Degree programs are offered in applied biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, optical engineering, physics and software engineering.

For 12 consecutive years, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been rated the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. The ranking is based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook.

For the fourth year in a row, Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2011 U.S.News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

Taylor earned 100 rating points while second-place Marietta College of Ohio earned 85 points. There was a two-way tie for third place with Dordt College of Iowa and Ohio Northern University both receiving 84 rating points. Augustana (South Dakota) and Cedarville College (Ohio) were tied for fifth with 82 rating points.

While a number of Indiana colleges and universities received high rankings in various categories, among the four primary regional and national rankings (National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges), Taylor was the only Indiana-based school to achieve a number one university-wide ranking. Additionally, Taylor was one of only two Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member institutions to achieve a number one ranking – regionally or nationally.

Among the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, Taylor was ranked first for peer assessment, average freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, and ability to attract freshmen in the top 25% of their high school class and third for average alumni giving.

Taylor was also ranked in an additional America’s Best Colleges list – A Strong Commitment to Teaching. The list was comprised of only 86 institutions throughout the United States where, according to the editors, “the entire faculty … shares a belief in the value of truly engaging the students.” Also, the Great Schools, Great Prices category ranked Taylor number four in the Midwest.

“We are excited and grateful for Taylor University's fourth consecutive number one ranking in the latest U.S. News survey,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor president. “U.S. News & World Report is the standard bearer for objective and comprehensive collegiate surveys, and these results serve both as blessings and validation of what we have strived to do for 164 years.

“Taylor University has historically been a place dedicated to whole person education for service to the whole world,” Habecker added. “The inclusion in A Strong Commitment to Teaching is yet another indicator that Taylor places a high emphasis on our students’ needs. We continue to attract world-class faculty members who pour themselves into the lives of exceptional students who come to Upland, Ind., from all over the world. This recognition, plus the number one ranking, is a significant signpost in our history as we strive to fulfill our whole person, whole world calling. For all of this, we give glory and thanks to God for His continued blessings throughout our history.”

It marks the third national ranking for Taylor in the past two weeks – Taylor has also been ranked by and by Princeton Review.

A complete list of the U.S. News and World Report rankings is available online at

About Taylor University: Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2011 U.S. News and World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor's fourth straight top ranking following ten straight years of being ranked in the region's Top Three.

Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Valparaiso University’s strong commitment to excellent teaching, outstanding educational value, and innovative efforts in academics and student life continue to make Valpo one of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report magazine announced in its annual rankings made public Aug. 17.

The University has been identified as one of the nation’s top-ranked, regional universities for the 22nd consecutive year, earning a No. 5 ranking in overall quality among the Midwest’s regional universities.

Valpo also was ranked No. 4 on a list of “Up-and-Coming” regional universities in the Midwest, designating institutions that recently have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life and facilities. For the second consecutive year, Valpo was cited for its high quality faculty members who are devoted to teaching undergraduate students and providing personal attention to each student, tying for the No. 6 ranking in the Midwest on the list “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

The rankings appear in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report, which goes on sale at newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 24, and in the book “America’s Best Colleges.”

President Mark A. Heckler said the U.S. News rankings, while only one of many indicators of an institution’s success, provide confirmation that Valpo offers an outstanding educational experience that prepares students for lifelong success.

“Students and parents alike recognize that Valpo provides an excellent education that focuses on helping students develop the character, knowledge, integrity and wisdom that is needed in the world,” Heckler said.

“Valpo’s legacy of excellence continues to grow, and we are proud that our commitment to having teachers who devote a tremendous amount of attention to helping each student on his or her educational journey is again recognized by U.S. News,” Heckler said. “The personal nature of a Valpo education, which takes place within a close-knit community, is one of its most distinctive features.”

Among specialty programs, Valpo’s College of Engineering continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s best engineering programs. Based on a survey of engineering deans and faculty members from throughout the country, the College of Engineering tied for 31st in the nation among nearly 180 schools where the highest degree awarded is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Sharing that ranking with Valpo were Bradley, Loyola Marymount, San Jose State and St. Louis universities, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Webb Institute.

Institutional rankings are compiled in a variety of categories according to mission and geographical region. Valpo is ranked among Midwestern universities that offer a wide range of liberal arts and professional undergraduate and master’s level programs. The magazine determines quality based on an evaluation of 15 “indicators of academic excellence” and an opinion survey of college and university academic leaders, and then ranks the schools in each of four geographic regions.

Valpo ranked fifth in the quality rankings a year ago and has ranked in the top five in quality every year since 1990.

Valpo ranked No. 4 in the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category relating a school’s academic quality to its average cost to attend. The University has been ranked in the top four in value among Midwest institutions in 15 of the 16 years since the ratings were initiated. Valpo also was included on the “A+ Schools for B Students” list, which highlights schools that have first-rate programs and help students thrive in the classroom and in other campus activities.

Data published in the rankings show Valpo ranks especially high in the graduation rate of its students. The University also ranked third in “peer assessment,” which is determined by a survey of university presidents, provosts and deans of admission.

This year's U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges edition singled out several Indiana University programs for special mention, including the Kelley School of Business and several student-focused initiatives at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

U.S. News ranked the Kelley School as the 10th best in the nation among undergraduate business programs (a year ago it was 12th). It continues to be second only to the University of Michigan in the Big Ten and sixth nationally among public universities.

"We are certainly pleased by the improvement in our U.S. News ranking. There are over 3,000 business schools in the U.S. and being ranked among the top 10 clearly places us among the nation's elite programs," said Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School.

"The U.S. News ranking of business schools is based on our overall reputation. It reflects the extraordinary quality of our faculty, ranked among the top 10 in the world in terms of research impact, and our commitment to constant innovation. We do not focus on rankings, but rather, on providing a truly world class student experience," Smith added. "The new living and learning center, our semester-long integrated core experience, unmatched career preparation, global immersion programs and a multitude of experiential learning opportunities are but a few of the unique experiences that set Kelley apart. If we continue to be nimble and fast-moving in our innovations, rankings will take care of themselves."

The magazine also praised the school's entrepreneurship program led by Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of its Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The school's undergraduate offerings in entrepreneurship moved up to third overall by U.S. News, and it continues to be first among public universities.

"I am extremely proud to see Kelley's entrepreneurship program ranked No. 3 in the world and sustaining the No. 1 public university ranking. This is a direct result of our incredible entrepreneurship faculty and innovative students," Kuratko said. "The combination of our Hoosier Hatchery, an incubator for student businesses; the highly acclaimed Spine Sweat Experience senior capstone course, and our partnership in Silicon Valley with the largest incubator in the world, positions the Kelley School as one of the most powerful entrepreneurship programs in the world."

Overall, U.S. News ranked IU Bloomington 32nd among public national research universities, slightly down from 29th a year ago.

"It is gratifying that Indiana University Bloomington is once again recognized for its student learning communities and for its emphasis on writing in the disciplines, initiatives that have been shown to lead to higher levels of student success," said Provost and IU Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "We are also proud of the high rankings for the Kelley School of Business and its entrepreneurship program. The U.S. News rankings, while always closely watched, provide only a small glimpse of the many excellent learning opportunities available to students at IU Bloomington."

For the first time, U.S. News separated information it received from high school guidance counselors and ranked their top choices. IUPUI was tied for 47th among all national universities.

"High school counselors are vital guides for students in choice of college," said Charles R. Bantz, IUPUI chancellor and IU executive vice president. "IUPUI's high ranking from counselors underscores an emerging trend. More and more students are making IUPUI their first choice."

Several programs at IUPUI and IU Bloomington were recognized for "enriching the experience" for students. U.S. News recognized both campuses for their success in promoting learning communities that build connections among fellow students and between students and professors.

IU Bloomington also was cited for programs that make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. IUPUI was recognized for its first-year efforts that help students feel more connected and for its service learning programs.

Highlights of the 2011 America's Best Colleges rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News and World Report, on newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 31, and are available at

Purdue is now among the nation's top universities and its efforts in undergraduate teaching and programs to ensure student success also were recognized Tuesday (Aug. 17) in rankings released by U.S.News & World Report.

Purdue was ranked 18th among all public universities - tied with Ohio State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland - up from 22nd last year. Among all universities, Purdue ranked 56th, tied with Ohio State University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland. This also is a move up for Purdue, which ranked 61st last year.

Purdue's College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management earned overall rankings of eighth and 19th, respectively, and both had several highly ranked specialty programs.

Purdue was acknowledged for its achievements in five of eight student success categories. The categories, in which schools are listed but not ranked, are First-Year Experience, Internships, Learning Communities, Study Abroad and Writing in the Disciplines. Purdue also was tied for 12th nationally in a ranking of universities cited by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans as having an "unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching."

"These rankings and acknowledgements show that the emphasis on student success in our strategic plan is paying off," Purdue President France A. Córdova said. "The outstanding work of our faculty and the dedication of our staff are making a tangible difference in the lives of our students."

The goal of Purdue's Student Access, Transition and Success Programs is to help new students acclimate and adjust to college so they are likely to succeed and graduate on time. The schools included in the U.S.News internship category are praised for requiring or encouraging students "to apply what they're learning in the classroom" through internships, practicums or cooperative education.

Participating in a study abroad program also is linked to student success, and Purdue's Office of Study Abroad offers more than 300 study abroad and internship opportunities in more than 50 countries. Purdue also was recognized for Writing in the Disciplines because it makes writing a priority at all levels of instruction.

Senior college administrators also ranked Purdue - 20th overall and 14th among public schools - as an institution that has made "the most promising and innovative changes" in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. Purdue tied with Ball State University and seven other institutions for 20th place, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis tied with George Mason University for fifth.

"Being acknowledged for our momentum and progress in ensuring that students who come to Purdue are successful is gratifying," said Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "It also is significant that our College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management continue to be recognized among the nation's elite programs."

Purdue's College of Engineering tied for eighth nationally among doctoral-granting universities, up from ninth last year. Purdue shared the No. 8 spot with Carnegie Mellon and Cornell universities.

In engineering specialties, Purdue ranked third in biological/agricultural, third in industrial/manufacturing, fourth in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical and fifth in civil.

The Krannert School of Management was ranked 19th, moving up from 21st last year. Also ranked 19th were Georgetown University, University of Maryland and University of Minnesota.

In management specialties, Purdue ranked third in production/operations management and fourth in quantitative analysis/methods.

"These acknowledgements in U.S.News & World Report flow from the vision President Córdova brought to Purdue that was articulated through our strategic plan," said Keith Krach, chairman of the university's Board of Trustees. "She built grassroots support for that vision, and the university's faculty and staff have given life to that vision across campus. This has truly been an amazing team effort."

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires U.S.News sends to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on measures that fall into seven broad categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions; retention of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and "graduation rate performance," the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.

The magazine bases its specialty rankings on a spring 2010 survey of deans and department heads at peer institutions. The programs receiving the most votes are listed.

The magazine's college guidebook, "America’s Best Colleges," contains a directory of the more than 1,400 institutions. Information on the rankings can be found at the U.S.News & World Report Web site at

More on Purdue's past U.S.News and other rankings is available online at

For a second year, Butler University has been ranked No. 2 in the Regional Universities Midwest category of the 2011 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges. This marks the University’s 22nd consecutive year of being ranked in the top 10 for this category, previously called the Universities-Master’s category.

In other repeats from 2009, Butler was again named as one of 37 universities nationwide whose study abroad program contributes significantly to student success and third among Midwest Regional Universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Butler placed eighth among Midwest Regional “Great Schools at Great Prices,” and as one of the region’s 33 “A+ Schools for B Students.” Butler saw its overall Best Colleges score improve to 91 points, versus 87 in 2009. Schools’ average freshman retention rate and graduation rate for 2009-2010 weighed heavily in the rankings, and Butler exceeded its numbers for the 2008-2009 academic year, moving from 87 to 88 percent in freshman retention and from 72 to 73 percent in graduation rate.

Of the total 572 schools considered for the 2010 Regional Universities rankings, only 18 tied or exceeded Butler for both rates.

Among top 10 Midwest schools, Butler and No. 1-rated Creighton University tied for best student-faculty ratio, 11:1.

“I am pleased to see Butler ranked so highly again and proud of our students, faculty and staff, whose efforts made this possible,” University President Bobby Fong said.

“The additional special recognition is also meaningful to me,” he said. “The ‘Great Schools at Great Prices’ category recognizes above-average academic quality as well as affordability and available student aid. The higher the quality of a program and the lower its cost, the better the deal.”

This is the first time Butler has been acknowledged in the relatively new category of “A+ School for B Students.”

“U.S. News describes this as an institution ‘where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving,’ ” Fong said. “It speaks to how varied students can find a good fit in Butler. Although 79 percent of Butler’s 2009 freshmen came from the top 25 percent of their high school class, not everyone is a valedictorian. Butler holds all students to high academic expectations while offering each of them a personalized education focused on developing their unique capabilities.”

The order of top 10 Regional Universities Midwest schools remained identical to the 2009 rankings: Creighton, Butler, Drake, Xavier, Valparaiso, Bradley, John Carroll, Truman State, Hamline and University of Evansville.

To be included in the Regional Universities category, a university must offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. The universities in this category are ranked in four geographical areas— North, South, Midwest and West.

About Butler University

Challenging and enabling students to meet their personal and professional goals has guided Butler University since 1855. Today, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. It seeks to prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. Butler is known for its vibrant campus, superior academics and dedicated faculty. The University enrolls more than 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students in six academic colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Located just six miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler’s urban setting affords students internship opportunities that provide excellent graduate school and career preparation.

U.S. News Media Group ranks Saint Mary's College among the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” Saint Mary's comes in at 93 out of the 250 schools on the list, released today online and to be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report. U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney set a goal early in her presidency, which began in June 2004, to move Saint Mary’s into the national liberal arts rankings. A national standing for a fourth consecutive year indicates Saint Mary’s is on course to meet a key goal in the College’s Strategic Plan, which is to provide “Educational Excellence Equal to that of the Best Colleges in the Country.”

“We know that national rankings are important to our incoming students and their families. I am very pleased that we are ranked in the top 100. Students graduate from Saint Mary’s with an education that challenged their minds, awakened their imaginations, and instilled in them the desire to leave the world a better place,” Mooney said.

Among the many factors weighed in determining the U.S. News rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

College-bound students and their parents look to rankings and other indicators of quality when making their decisions about college. Earlier this month, The Princeton Review rated Saint Mary’s College among the Best Colleges in the Midwest for the eighth year in a row. U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review, along with other resources such as the University and College Accountability Network (UCAN) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), enable them to garner information about Saint Mary’s and other institutions.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2011 published by U.S.News and World Report. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, a

nd is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

U.S. News & World Report has again recognized the University of Evansville as one of the 10 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest – as well as one of the region’s Best Values and the nation’s top Study Abroad programs – in its annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges.

The rankings, which will hit newsstands on Monday, the University of Evansville held steady in the 10th spot in the Best Regional Universities – Midwest category, and also scored the #3 slot on the Midwest list of “Great Schools at Great Prices.” UE’s commitment to Study Abroad was honored, as well, with the University listed among the best in the nation in that category.

The rankings are an indication of UE’s academic quality, reputation, and reasonable cost of attendance.

“At the University of Evansville, we are constantly striving to provide our students with the best academic experience available,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Being listed among the Top 10 Master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest is an indication that we are succeeding in that goal, while our ranking as a Great School at a Great Price shows that we are providing that life-transforming educational experience at an affordable cost for our students.

“And, of course, we are extremely proud of the notice for our Study Abroad program, which has been regularly recognized by the Institute for International Education as among then nation’s strongest.”

Joining UE in the Top 10 of Midwest Regional Universities are schools like Xavier University, Butler University, Valparaiso University, and – at #1 – Creighton University.

Only Creighton University and Aquinas College outranked UE among the region’s Great Schools at Great Prices.

Overall, 142 universities in 12 states were ranked on the Midwest Regional Universities list. The University of Evansville was the only Southwestern Indiana institution to make the top tier.

“Ranking where we did in each category, among 142 eligible institutions, is just one of the many indicators confirming our success in maintaining the highest academic quality at the University of Evansville,” Kazee said.

Selection on the U.S.News & World Report list is based upon six key measures of academic quality. Included among those measures are assessment by administrators at peer institutions, student graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

The rankings are designed to help prospective students and parents evaluate their college choices. The listings include more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.

The “Best Colleges” rankings are available online today at , and will be published in the U.S.News & World Report’s September issue, available on newsstands Monday, August 23.

LouiseRoys is based in Lowell, Indiana, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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