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U.S.News and World Report Ranks U of M Crookston in Top Four in Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest for 12th Consecutive Year

By ltollefs on
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Crookston, Minn.- For twelve consecutive years, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized by U.S.News and World Report as a one of the top four public baccalaureate colleges in its category in the Midwest.

"The recognition by U.S.News and World Report affirms our continued efforts to offer students an exceptional educational experience on our campus," says Dr. Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. "We have a strong commitment to students, and we recognize that the quality of our programs depends on our faculty and the critical ways that staff contribute to our success.  

"Students have the opportunity to earn a degree from University of Minnesota, a degree recognized nationally and internationally, in a campus setting that is smaller and more personal," Casey states. "We also strive to help students gain both global perspectives and important leadership skills in order to prepare them for the workplace or graduate school, and as citizens of the world community."

This fall, the U of M, Crookston will dedicate a new residence hall that has been certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an internationally recognized green building certification system. As the first LEED certified residence hall in the University of Minnesota system, Evergreen Hall offers apartment-style living designed with consideration for sustainability and less environmental impact.

Another unique feature of the building is an innovative "lecture-less" classroom that showcases another technological advantage offered at the U of M, Crookston, the campus that has provided students and faculty with laptop computers since 1993. The campus also was selected to serve as the University of Minnesota Digital Campus Calling Center. The calling center serves all five campuses and maintains student support and a referral call center to answer and respond to student inquiries concerning University of Minnesota for-credit and non-credit online programs.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category in the U.S.News rankings, Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges, is comprised of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts.  Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 2009 issue of U.S.News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase on Monday, August 24. The 2010 America's Best Colleges guidebook will be available as of Tuesday, August 25.

U.S.News ranks colleges and universities in three basic steps. First each school is sorted by mission, and in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each institution for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources and alumni giving. Each factor is assigned a weight reflecting the judgment of U.S.News about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.  

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