Tabor ranked 43rd in ?Best Colleges?

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

According to the 2010 edition of ?America?s Best Colleges,? Tabor College ranks 43rd among the best baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest region??down from a 38th ranking last year.

Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, which was available for newsstand purchase Aug. 24.

The 2010 America?s Best Colleges guidebook became available Aug. 25.

Schools included in the baccalaureate 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, another Top-50 ranking affirms the school?s commitment to continuous improvement in all of its programs.

?Excellence is something that we strive for and our faculty, administration, and staff are committed to continuing in a tradition of providing a high quality education at an affordable price,? Glanzer said. ?All of us have worked hard to continue this tradition of excellence.

?My thanks to our faculty, staff, and administrators for their faithfulness, dedication, and plain hard work in making it possible for our students to receive a quality education.

?Most gratifying is that our peer institutions also recognize the quality of a Tabor education.?

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 a student-faculty ratio of 11-1, and the fact that 66 percent of the classes at Tabor contain less than 20 students. Overall, less than 1 percent of the college?s classes have 50 or more students.

According to Provost Lawrence Ressler, being chosen as one of America?s Best Colleges reflects the institution?s great commitment to its students.

?I am delighted that we are once again listed in the top tier of institutions in our region,? Ressler said. ?Our faculty and staff work very hard to make Tabor an excellent community of learners.

?It is great to be recognized in this way. The most important measure of success, however, is the transformation of students? lives. That is what we are really proud of.?

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