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Back Up to #11; Teaching Drops to #7

The College jumped up a place to #11 in U.S. News’ National University rankings, but we’ve plummeted to a tie for #7 (from #2) in Best Undergraduate Teaching. We are tied for teaching with Michigan at #7; Princeton kept its #1 ranking, followed by Miami University—Oxford, Yale, Brown, Rice and Wake Forest.

A climb of one place redresses last year’s drop (the first time we had fallen to #12), but the hit to our teaching ranking is a harsh blow. We have never been so low in the College’s core strength. Take away teaching and we are a mid-level research university; keep a high teaching rank and we are the nation’s preeminent research college. What will it be, Phil?

Addendum: A few other positions: #7 in Best Value Schools; #5 in Best Colleges for Veterans; #5 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings; and #44 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. We moved up in Best Value Schools, Best Colleges for Veterans, and High School Counselor Rankings (surprisingly tied with Princeton at #5). We tied with Brown for Engineering programs at #44 (just below Yale).

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

A drop in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category is be a huge disappointment and does not reflect well on Hanlon’s agenda. We should be striving for that distinction every year — that’s what we do best and makes the College unique among its peers. I view this as a failure of the administration to correctly understand and articulate the strength and mission of the College.

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