Tabor makes U.S. News list of top colleges for fifth straight year

or the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked Tabor College among the best colleges in the Midwest.

According to the 2009 edition of ?America?s Best Colleges,? Tabor College ranks 38th among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region?up from a 40th-place ranking last year.

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Schools included in this category focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.

According to Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, moving up two spots in the rankings affirms the school?s commitment to continuous improvement in all of its programs.

?It is a wonderful thing to be recognized by a respected national magazine as a college that provides an excellent education,? Glanzer said. ?Students, parents and alumni should take great pride in Tabor College.

?But more important than a national ranking is the fact that Tabor provides a place where academic excellence and life transformation are brought together in a decidedly Christian setting,? he added.

At a time when sending a child to college has become a major family investment, reviews such as ?America?s Best Colleges? have become valuable resources. The rankings, based on 15 indicators of excellence, are designed to help students and parents evaluate and compare more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.

Among the factors contributing to Tabor?s high ranking are student-faculty ratios of 10 to one, and that 71 percent of the classes at Tabor contain less than 20 students.

Overall, less than 2 percent of the college?s classes have 50 or more students.

?The survey results illustrate what we know to be true?bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to learning,? said Lawrence Ressler, vice president of academics and student development.

?Students learn best where they can be involved and where they can develop close and personal relationships with faculty. That is where Tabor excels.

?Our vision is to be a college of choice for students seeking a life-transforming, academically excellent, globally relevant, decidedly Christian education.? he added.

?Being recognized as a top tier academic institution shows we are well on the way to carrying out our vision.?

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