National magazine ranks Shippensburg among the best in the North
Shippensburg University is once again ranked among the top universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report as part of its annual rankings.
The university’s John L. Grove College of Business was also ranked among the best undergraduate business programs.
In its 2013 edition of Best Colleges, Shippensburg is tied for 100 in the “Regional University” category among all institutions in the North region. The university is also tied for 29th among only public universities in the region.
“The history of Shippensburg University is one of providing an education of quality to thousands of students and we’re honored that what we do so well is recognized again by U.S. News & World Report,” said President Bill Ruud. “Our students are the heart of the university and this honor shows our continual commitment to them and their success.”
The publication states that regional universities offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. According to the publication, “The 625 universities in this category are not ranked nationally but rather against their peer group in one of four geographic regions because, in general, they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.”
In explaining the methodology behind the rankings, the publication said information was gathered from and about each institution in various areas including undergraduate academic reputation, retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rates. Each was given a different weight and used in the final determination of ranking.
In addition to the university being recognized overall, Grove College was again recognized in the publication’s “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” category. The college was ranked 309 out of 655 undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The rankings were based solely on a peer assessment survey conducted in Spring 2012.
Dr. John Kooti, dean of the college, said, “Thanks to highly qualified faculty, dedicated staff and supportive central administration, the Grove College continues to provide high quality and high value undergraduate business programs with more than 30 years of AACSB accreditation and 75 years tradition of excellence in business education. This ranking is a wonderful testimony to this dedication.”
Earlier this year, the university’s social work program was ranked 148th in the publication’s Best Grad School rankings. According to the publication, the rankings were based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys and only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period were ranked.