FVSU rises in U.S. News rankings

September 19, 2012 – A strong focus on hard work over the past year has earned Fort Valley State University a four place jump in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of historically black college and universities.

In the “America’s Best Colleges, 2013 Edition” by U.S. News Media Group, FVSU ranks27th amongst HBCUs. This position is four spots higher than the university’s 31st-placeranking in the 2012 edition.

“We still have some work to do as my goal is to get FVSU ranked in the top 20 forHBCUs, but we did make some progress,” said Dr. B. Donta Truss, director for the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness at FVSU. “The rank improvement is due to the hard work of many at FVSU and future improvements will take a tremendous amount of work in the areas of retention and graduation rate increases.”

The rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

A set of up to 16 indicators are used to determine schools’ placement on the list. The key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. An area that increased significantly was the Alumni Giving Rate. This area increased approximately 4 percent, which demonstrates the efforts of Dr. Melody L. Carter’s team in external affairs and the great support that our alumni gave to the institution.

FVSU is the highest, state-funded HBCU in Georgia ranked, and the third-highest rankedHBCU in the state. Spelman College holds the number one spot among best black colleges; and Howard University, Morehouse College, Hampton and Fisk claimed 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively.

For more information about the report, visit www.usnews.com/colleges or contact Truss at (478) 825-7594.

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