August 20, 2009—Fort Valley State University earned the #21 spot among historically black colleges and universities in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. FVSU is listed among first tier schools such as Spelman College, Howard University and Morehouse College who earned the top three spots, respectively.
“I’ve got to recognize the hard work of our faculty and staff. This dramatic rise in our ranking reflects real progress on the campus,” said FVSU President Larry E. Rivers.
The “2010 America’s Best Colleges” issue also features the rankings of the “Best National Universities and Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” The list, released today includes more than 1,400 schools nationwide and will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine.
“We’re moving up, but we’re working diligently to elevate all areas of campus life. There’s a great future in store for Fort Valley State,” said Dr. Vann Newkirk, vice president for the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness.
Four-year schools are ranked based on an examination of a set of 15 factors. The key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance (National Universities and Liberal Art Colleges).
For more information about America’s Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.
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