Sep 8th, 2003 @ 10:18 am | Author:
Valley City State University has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Comprehensive Colleges in the Midwest for the sixth year in a row, along with Southwest State University (MN), University of Minnesota-Crookston (MN) and Dakota State University (SD).

Comprehensive Colleges focus primarily on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor’s degrees. There are 324 comprehensive colleges, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

The U.S. News ranking system relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based on their nonpartisan view of what matters in education.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality. These measures fall into seven broad categories: peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

"An endorsement from US News in any year is phenomenal, but to receive this prestigious honor for six years in a row is incredible." stated Dr. Ellen Chaffee, VCSU President. She added that "It is also justified. The faculty, staff, and students have been setting the standard for quality, year after year, with relentless energy and purpose. This is a wonderful way to launch another great year at Valley City State University."