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 Anderson University Shines in U.S. News Rankings

Named #1 “Up and Coming” regional college nationally

The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report released on Tuesday held more good news for Anderson University as the institution was listed as one of the top “up and coming” schools in the nation for a fourth consecutive year. While Anderson retained its top tier (top 25 ranking) among regional colleges in the South, for the third consecutive year, it achieved the #1 ranking on the publication’s “up and coming list” which included only two regional colleges this year, Anderson University and High Point University in North Carolina.  This is the second year Anderson has been recognized with the top honor.

The “Up and Coming Institutions” list was developed by the magazine to identify colleges and universities whose rapid rise in the national academic landscape make them schools to watch for prospective students, as well as other universities seeking best practices for improvement. Universities across America are polled and asked which of their fellow institutions are attracting their attention with innovation and increasing quality. Only those schools consistently listed by the administrators of these universities make the list, which nationally includes only 46 institutions in 2012. Among those 46, only Anderson and High Point were listed in the category of regional colleges, with Anderson taking the top spot.

“We were obviously delighted to learn of our continued strong ranking and we are especially pleased that our peers across the nation have ranked us the top ‘up and coming university’ of our type in the South,” said Anderson’s president, Dr. Evans Whitaker.  “A lot of people on our campus are to be commended for their efforts that have led to remarkable achievements in recent years,” he added.  

Over the last nine years, Anderson University has been on a steady trajectory to achieve its strategy of becoming one of the South’s leading comprehensive universities.  Over the last decade, the University’s enrollment has increased 68 percent from 1,608 to over 2,700, university status was achieved, eight masters and doctoral degree programs were established, an innovative study abroad program was established, a cancer research center was initiated, four buildings were constructed, numerous facilities were renovated, the campus quadrupled from 68 to over 273 acres, and a new school of nursing is in development.  This fall, Anderson achieved its goal of becoming a national leader in instructional technology when it launched its Mobile Learning Initiative, a cutting-edge program that puts an iPad in the hands of each freshman; these freshmen are led by tech-savvy faculty across the academic disciplines in applying the relatively new technology in the teaching and learning process.  The University is presently raising funds to construct a new $14 million student center to be named in honor of U. S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson. 

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America.  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”

 

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