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Awards & Recognition

At Alverno, we measure success in how our students live their lives. We also carefully listen to what our colleagues say about our contributions to education. Take a look.

Alverno recognized for "Strong Commitment to Teaching" and is Wisconsin's "Most Innovative" school in 2019 U.S. News and World Report
The college is ranked among the top three Midwest Regional Universities in the U.S. News & World Report "Strong Commitment to Teaching" category — and highest in the state for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, Alverno was the only Wisconsin school named in the "Most Innovative" category. The college is also recognized for its "Ethnic Diversity," and made the list of "Best Value Schools" among regional universities.

Alverno tops the list of most inspiring U.S. colleges
How inspiring is an Alverno education to our students? More inspiring than any other college in the nation, according to new rankings from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. And we beat out some impressive company: MIT and Brown University. 

Alverno’s teacher program is “a shining star.”
Just ask U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

At a speech at Columbia University in New York, Duncan singled out our teacher education program as a “shining star.” In his speech, Duncan spotlighted Alverno as a school that does an exemplary job of training and preparing teachers for their work in the classroom. “Alverno requires rigorous field experience in public schools and has faculty and local principals assess videotapes of student-teachers. Eighty-five percent of Alverno graduates are still in the classroom five years after graduation an extremely high retention rate,” Duncan said.

Award for world-class quality
TIAA-CREF recognizes institutions with the prestigious Hesburgh Award because it knows that “an energized faculty is key to educational excellence.” We think so, too. And we were proud of our faculty when they received this award. After all, enhancing undergraduate teaching is at the core of our existence.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is a big deal when its award winners are released annually across the country. That's why they call it the Genius Award, issuing only 20 to 40 annually. We received this award for our distinctive approach to liberal arts education. 

Teaching innovations lauded
Our unique ability-based learning and assessment-as-learning approach to education has been chronicled nationally in Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report during the past decade.

Emphasis on civic responsibility and valuing
The Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values praised Alverno for our outstanding practice relevant to the field of college students’ character and values development.  At Alverno, we teach our students how to analyze and understand how values play a pivotal role in the decision-making process.


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