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ONU Stays at No. 2 Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Edition of ‘America’s Best Colleges’
ONU has been ranked in the region's top 10 for the past 17 years and in the top five for the past seven years. U.S. News defines comprehensive colleges as institutions that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
"We are very pleased at the high recognition this ranking provides," said ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker. "Although we realize that the U.S. News assessment does not include all factors needed to judge colleges and universities, we believe it calls attention to the top quality of the education offered at our University. The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicatedly, highly committed faculty and staff."
"America's Best Colleges 2009" ranks 320 comprehensive colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Karen Condeni, ONU's vice president and dean of enrollment said, "The U.S. News publication can be a valuable resource for students looking for the distinctive mix of opportunities offered at ONU. The rankings indicate that we do an excellent job of meeting the needs of our students."
U.S. News and World Report offers its publication as a way for students to broaden their college search and make comparisons before visiting and interviewing at appropriate universities. For reporting purposes, the schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, region. Data are gathered from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.
Those indicators fall into the following categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving. The indicators are designed to reflect the school's student body, its faculty and financial resources and to measure how well the institution educates its students.