Anderson University (Anderson, Ind. ) earned a place in the top tier among Regional Universities - Midwest in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today online, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31. This marks the seventh consecutive year AU has been named to the top tier.
"We are honored to continue to be ranked as a top tier institution by U.S. News and World Report," said Dr. Michael Collette, vice president for Marketing and Strategic Planning. "It is even more fulfilling to know this ranking is based greatly on the strength of AU's academic reputation, respect for our quality faculty and wide recognition the many programs of academic distinction."
The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the 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. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.