NEW YORK-The U.S. News & World Report college rankings for 2007 lists nearly every CCCU member institution, many of them ranking in the top tier of their category.
This year, U.S. News ranked more than 1400 public and private institutions which are liberal arts colleges, comprehensive colleges, national universities and masters universities. The overall rankings are based upon several factors which follow, along with the amount of weight U.S. News assigned to each:
peer assessment (25 percent); retention (20 percent in national universities and liberal arts colleges and 25 percent in master's and comprehensive colleges); faculty resources (20 percent); student selectivity (15 percent); financial resources (10 percent); graduation rate performance (5 percent; only in national universities and liberal arts colleges); alumni giving rate (5 percent).
- In addition to ranking well overall, several CCCU colleges were singled out in special categories for excelling in certain areas, including:
- Racial Diversity: Nyack College (NY) and North Park University (IL)
- First-Year Experience: Azusa Pacific University (CA)
- Least Student Debt: Gordon College (MA), Southwest Baptist University (MO), Spring Arbor University (MI) and Warner Southern College (FL)
- Best Value: Seattle Pacific University (WA), Whitworth College (WA), Mississippi College, Howard Payne University (TX), Corban College (OR), The Master's College & Seminary (CA), Wayland Baptist University (OK), Houston Baptist University (TX), George Fox University (OR), Taylor University (IN), East Texas Baptist University (TX) and Covenant College (GA)
"We believe that our campuses' commitment to Christ-centered learning is their highest priority, and it is gratifying to have independent confirmation that educational mission has not be compromised, but rather affirmed by the collective ranking of our members as among America's 'best'!" says CCCU President Paul Corts. "While we realize there are concerns about surveys in terms of what they measure and value, it is always good to see members recognized for success and accomplishments. I was particularly pleased that several of our members received recognition in unique categories."
To view a document listing the ranking of the Council schools which U.S. News identified, please click: www.cccu.org/bestcolleges2007.
The America's Best Colleges guidebook will be available at newsstands beginning Aug. 21. Information also is posted at www.usnews.com.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 170 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. There are now 105 member campuses in North America and all are fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 74 affiliate campuses from 23 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council's mission is to advance the cause of Christ- centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. www.cccu.org