Saint Michael’s moves up in US News Best Liberal Arts Colleges category

first_imgSaint Michael’s moves up in US News Best Liberal Arts Colleges category(August 22, 2008) Saint Michael’s College is ranked 104th in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category of the US News popular, but controversial, rankings of American colleges and universities. Having moved last year from Northern Regional Masters University to National Liberal Arts College category,Saint Michael’s entered a new, more competitive category of colleges.The switch in categories changed Saint Michael’s positioning. The college landed this year at 104th in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges ranking nationally, in a tie with Albion, Bennington, Hampshire, Presbyterian, St. Mary’s (IN), and Washington & Jefferson Colleges. Saint Michael’s position was bolstered by an excellent rate of retention, percentage of full-time faculty, SAT scores, and percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students. Last year the college was ranked 106th. Saint Michael’s ranked in the top 15 of the Northern Regional Masters Universities category for 17 years.Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase Monday, August 25. The 2009 America’s Best Colleges guidebook will be available as of Tuesday, August 26.The University of Vermont is ranked 89th in the National Universities category and Middlebury is ranked fifth in the Best Liberal Arts category. Champlain College was number 12 in Baccalaureate Colleges (North) Tier 1 Rankings.Extensive analysis shows that rankings closely parallel the financial endowment level of thecolleges and universities throughout the country. According to U.S. News, rankings for Best Liberal Arts Colleges are based on the following data: peer assessment, 25%; graduation and retention rates, 20%; faculty resources 20%; student selectivity, 15%; financial resources 10%; alumni giving 5%, and graduation rate performance 5%.Why Saint Michael’s changed categoriesU.S. News uses the categories for colleges created by The Carnegie Foundation, which invited Saint Michael’s to switch from the Northern Regional Masters University to the National Liberal Arts Colleges category in the winter of 2006. A determination was made that Saint Michael’s fit better into that category because the undergraduate liberals arts is seen as the core of Saint Michael’s program, as explained in a letter from then-President Marc vanderHeyden to the community in January 2007. The invitation to make this change was offered to some 90 institutions that offer master’s degrees, but whose profiles “showed affinity with the traditional undergraduate college model” in terms of size, residential level, and size of undergraduate and graduate programs.Other rankingsSaint Michael’s College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition, and is a member of the highly selective group of 270 institutions nationwide allowed to host a chapter of the national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, on its campus.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 368 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students. In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michael’s professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last eight years.Source: Saint Michael’s College.-30-last_img

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