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Albertson College Solid in National Ranking of Colleges

2005. 08. 19.

CALDWELL, ID - Albertson College of Idaho is making a move toward the top with the release of 2006 U.S. News and World Report college rankings. The Caldwell college was named among the top 150 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation.

"The important thing to note, is that we have improved in virtually all the criteria U.S. News uses to determine these rankings," Albertson College President Bob Hoover said. "The data continues 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."

In recent months, Albertson College has put an even more focused emphasis on improving all elements of its operations. In February, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation awarded the college a $17 million challenge grant with a focus on moving up the rankings ladder. While the college is already showing improvement over last year's rankings, the effect of the extra funding will not be shown in the list until the year ahead.

"We submit the information for the rankings in the spring and the numbers are based on what happened in the previous fall," Hoover said. "There is no doubt that the investment the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has made will help us to continue to move up in the rankings, and more importantly, to improve the experience we offer students."

It has been four years since Albertson made the move to being ranked as a national liberal arts college. Before the move, Albertson was named the number regional one small college in the west five times in a six-year period. Since being ranked in the more competitive national category, Albertson has moved from the fourth tier into the third tier, just below the top 100 liberal arts colleges.

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.