ACI Makes High Marks in Rankings
2006. 08. 18.
Albertson College of Idaho is making a move toward the top with the release of two college guidebooks, the 2007 U.S. News and World Report rankings and the Princeton Review Rankings.
The Caldwell college was named among the top 200 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, while the Princeton Review rated the college 20th in the nation for 'More Things to Do On Campus.'
'In this year's rankings, the college showed significant improvement in the quality of the freshman class,' Albertson College President Bob Hoover said. 'The data continue to confirm that the college recruits the most competitive academic class among all of Idaho's colleges and that the number of classes with less than twenty students is many times less than the large Idaho universities.'
The Princeton Review rankings are based upon a survey of current students. The book praises the personal attention provided at Albertson College of Idaho.
'Students overwhelmingly praise the school's small size and the individual attention they receive. In all areas, 'The professors are absolutely amazing. They genuinely care about your progress and are willing to go out of their way to assist you in any way possible,' reads the review.
Over the past two year, Albertson College has put an even more focused emphasis on improving all elements of its operations. Because the information for the rankings is submitted from the previous fall, this is the first year that the impact of a $17 million challenge grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation can be seen in the rankings. The grant challenged the college to make a move toward the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation. A significant factor in the rankings is the quality of the freshman class, which moved from a score of 26 in the 75th percentile to a score of 28 over the course of one year.
'The grant has allowed us to increase the scholarships opportunities for top performing students, strengthen our programs and broaden our recruitment both in the Northwest and beyond,' Hoover said. 'All of these factors have had an impact on our ability to recruit the best and the brightest and will make the goal of making Idaho's liberal arts college one of the top 100 in the nation a reality.'
It has been five years since Albertson made the move to being ranked as a national liberal arts college. Before the move, Albertson was named the number one regional small college in the west five times in a six-year period.
The U.S. News ranking is based on several factors, including peer assessment, student retention rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.