Concord Achieves High Rating in US News Best Colleges 2003 Edition

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 23 2002

Concord Achieves High Rating in US News Best Colleges 2003 Edition

Athens, W.Va. - U.S. News and World Report prepares an annual publication that is a major guide used by high school seniors and their parents nationwide in the process of selecting a college or university.

The publication groups colleges and universities that are similar in mission, size, and course offerings and then ranks them into tiers according to a variety of evaluation criteria, including academic reputation, freshman retention rate, student/faculty ratio, and average graduation rate. Tier one is the highest ranking.

Concord College was ranked in the Comprehensive Colleges—Bachelor’s institutions, which focuses on undergraduate education and offers a wide range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. There are 324 comprehensive colleges in the nation, ranked within four regions: Midwest, North, South, and West.

Concord is ranked in tier two, Southern Region, and achieved a high rating in the “peer assessment” score. Schools that ranked in the first tier are private institutions with tuitions and fees that are much higher than Concord’s.

Dr. Dean Turner, vice president and academic dean at Concord: “We just found out that we have been rated very high in the peer assessment score in US News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2003 that will be coming out this fall. We are tied with two institutions in West Virginia, Shepherd College, and the University of Charleston, with a score of 3.0, which is the highest score achieved by an institution in our tier in the state. Basically, it is a rating of ‘academic reputation.’ US News groups institutions by size and region, and the peer assessment score is one of 11 categories the publication uses to assess institutions. The institution with the highest rating in our category earned a 3.1.

“We feel we do a very good job for the citizens of West Virginia and those who attend Concord. We believe that students look for an institution that is well respected academically. We believe their parents look for the same thing, and faculty members are attracted to an institution with a good academic reputation.

“We were recognized last year with a very high rating.

“We have a smaller number of big classes when compared to last year, and we have a higher number of small classes, which means students will be getting more individual attention in there classes at Concord.

“We continually strive to have a good academic reputation as it is very important to students when they go into the work place.”

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