Tabor rises to 40th place on ?Best Colleges? list

Tabor College has again earned a national, Tier 1 ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

The school is ranked 40th in the division of regional colleges in the Midwest.

This was an improvement over the 43rd ranking from the 2010 report. This is the seventh consecutive year the college has been recognized. Tabor was also the highest-ranking Kansas college in this division.

Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president was pleased with the designation.

?Tabor College continues our commitment to provide an outstanding educational opportunity for students,? he said. ?It is not without continued pursuit of excellence from our highly-qualified faculty that we continue to provide students the environment in which they can receive a first-class, Christ-centered education.?

This announcement follows the largest graduating class in Tabor history in the spring of 2010, where 145 bachelor?s degrees were conferred.

Frank Johnson, vice president of academic affairs, said Tabor?s emphasis on students was recognized in the ranking.

?With the outstanding faculty-to-student ratio, we can focus on the needs of the whole student, providing them with an excellent college experience,? Johnson said. ?Our faculty members challenge our students to learn and to grow by modeling academic excellence.?

The latest edition of the magazine will be available on newsstands Aug. 31. The annual listing provides insight as to how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Among the factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures were peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

To view the complete report, go to colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

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