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Anderson University Strengthens Position in U.S. News Top Tier Rankings

University once again named an "up and coming" university nationally

Anderson University rose two spots to #21 in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for 2013 and was named for the 4th consecutive year as one of the 49 "up and coming" institutions in America others should be watching for its quality and innovation - the 2nd ranked in The South among regional colleges. Additionally, Anderson gained another prestigious recognition for the first time as it was named one of the 44 universities in America with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, taking 2nd in The South among regional colleges in that ranking.

"We are very pleased that Anderson University continues to be recognized for its academic strength by independent evaluators such as U. S. News & World Report," said Anderson University President Evans Whitaker. "We are especially delighted to be named for the first time to its list of the top institutions with a strong commitment to teaching as well as to be named for the fourth consecutive year to the exclusive list of the nation's "up and coming universities."

Anderson has been named to the list of "up and coming" institutions since the list's inception four years ago. Innovations like the Mobile Learning Initiative, in which freshmen have been given the latest iPads for use in specially designed classes, AU's undergraduate cancer research center, an innovative new study abroad program and a new criminal justice center of excellence have kept it on the list.

Being cited as an unusually strong teaching institution is a new honor for the University. The list was developed by the magazine to highlight those colleges and universities that devote more resources to enriching teaching and learning between professors and students in the classroom than taking professors out of the classroom for research.

"The awareness of the character and substance of our faculty and students is obviously increasing as is the growth and continuous innovation of the entire university," Whitaker said.



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