ACI increases standing in U.S. News & World Report ranking
2007. 08. 20.
CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) has risen in the rankings of America's best colleges according to results released today (Friday, Aug. 17) in U.S. News & World Report.
In the 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges," CofI is ranked in the third of four tiers. In last year's edition, CofI was in the fourth tier. The magazine will be on newsstands Monday, Aug. 20, and is available online at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today.
"Our goal is to become a Top 100 national liberal arts college and these results show that our efforts are paying off," said CofI President Bob Hoover.
ACI made significant gains in several of the magazine's ranking criteria:
- Graduation rate: The 2006 CofI graduation rate was 65 percent, up from 55 percent in 2005. "The college has been working very hard to increase its graduation rate over the past several years and it's obvious that we have done that," Hoover said.
- Freshman retention: The freshman retention rate (averaged over four years) increased to 78 percent in this year's rankings, up from 68 percent a few years ago. ACI's retention rate for 2006 was 86 percent.
"The graduation and retention rates are important because they show that CofI is recruiting and accepting high-caliber students with strong academic abilities. Moreover, the college has worked hard in a number of areas to improve both of these outcomes and the graduation rate will continue to go up in the next several years because of our improved retention," Hoover said.
- Quality freshman class: 40 percent of ACI's 2006 freshman class were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. In the U.S. News rankings four years ago, 17 percent of the freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Additionally, 25 percent of the 2006 freshman class were in the top 7 percent of the national ACT and SAT pool of high school students, up from the top 14 percent three years ago.
"One of our students was named a Goldwater Scholar in the spring, and our Marshall Scholar just graduated," Hoover said. "Our students are among the brightest in Idaho and these rankings reflect that."
- Alumni support: The percentage of ACI's alumni who financially support the college has risen from 12 percent seven years ago. U.S. News & World Report shows a four-year average of 17 percent alumni giving rate in this year's ranking. ACI's alumni giving rate for 2006 was 21 percent.
"This is an important measure of how well the college is connecting with its alumni and that we are receiving their support," Hoover said.
This is the time of year when several organizations release their annual rankings of colleges and universities. The Princeton Review "Best 366 Colleges" guidebook will be available next week and The Washington Monthly is also expected to release its picks for colleges and universities this month.
Editor's note: CofI President Bob Hoover is available for phone interviews at (208) 665-1695 or (208) 640-6014. Admissions Director John Klockentager is available for in-person interviews at (208) 697-3059.