The latest “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report from the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls reveals a number of persistent, troubling patterns for Wisconsin girls, especially in the areas of stress, depression and suicide; bullying; TV, online and social media engagement; and weight and exercise.
When two nurses contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient, the need to properly train healthcare workers is top of mind. 12 News visited a class in Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing to see how they’re preparing to deal with Ebola, and all infectious diseases.
Alverno College was ranked in the top four Midwest schools for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the five-year history of this category, Alverno College is the only Wisconsin college to receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings each year. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to “identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This marks the fourteenth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings. In addition, Alverno has been listed 31 times in the highly respected U.S. News & World Report standings since 1983.
“We are honored that we are ranked highest in the state for educating undergrads,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “And now, our new facilities will provide our students with an environment that matches the quality of our teaching. People come from all over the world to study the innovative and creative way we teach our students, and that truly is the heart of our mission.”
Alverno College was also the only Wisconsin college recognized for “First Year Experience.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized for building first-year seminars or other academic programs into the curriculum that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Princeton University, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, and Yale University.
Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.
This is the 31st edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. The rankings are published in the September issue, in a separate college guidebook, and posted online at usnews.com. The rankings measure up to 15 academic performance indicators for each institution. Quantitative data that assess a college’s performance in areas such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving account for 75 percent of a college’s score. The other 25 percent is based on a peer assessment survey the magazine sends to top officials at each school asking them to rate the other colleges in the country.
With college students back in school, the women at Alverno College might feel like they’re on a whole new campus, thanks to a $30 million renovation and expansion.
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