Written by Ed Osborn
Eastern Joins Top 100 in U.S. News and World Report Rankings
Willimantic, CT - Eastern Connecticut State University is ranked in the top 100 regional universities in the North in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 edition of Best Colleges. Eastern was the 28th top public institution on the list and was also the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities.
"I was delighted to learn that Eastern Connecticut State University is ranked in the top 100 regional universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "The news that we are now ranked in Tier One is a tribute to our entire campus community. Tier One institutions are subject to a rigorous assessment and are ranked based on criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. To be included in the U.S. News rankings means our faculty and staff are making great strides in improving our academic reputation as they develop strategies to improve retention and graduation rates and other important assessment measures. Students are declaring their majors earlier; seeking out tutoring and other academic support services; becoming more involved on campus; and more clearly understanding the connections between their classroom and co-curricular learning. This is a very proud day for our faculty, staff, students, and alumni."
The U.S. News and World Report rankings include reviews of more than 1,400 schools nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting Aug. 31. The North region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News and World Report rankings, which group colleges based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
The 2011 Best Colleges program provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors used to determine the rankings are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.