Alverno tops U.S. News & World Report list of “Most Innovative Schools” and remains highest in the state in its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” category

September 9, 2015

Alverno College is ranked number one on the list of “Most Innovative Schools” among Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. Colleges in this new category are recognized for“making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”

Alverno College is also ranked in the top five Midwest Regional Universities for its “strong commitment to teaching.” In the six-year history of this category, Alverno 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 fifteenth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.

“Our reputation for excellence in undergraduate education has always been a source of great pride for us,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “What’s especially satisfying is to see the innovative and creative work of our dedicated faculty recognized as well as our efforts to provide a campus environment that mirrors the quality of our teaching.”

Alverno College was also recognized for “Ethnic Diversity.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized as colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own.

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 rankings measure up to 16 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 77.5 percent of a college’s score. The other 22.5 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.

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