Tabor rises in college rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Tabor College 41st overall in its 2016 Regional Colleges Midwest Rankings list.

In 2015, Tabor was ranked 49th on the same list and has been ranked by the organization since 2003.

U.S. News ranks more than 1,600 schools for best quality and best value. It has been ranking undergraduate colleges since 1988 and graduate schools since 1994.

?I am thankful that U.S. News recognizes Tabor College as a top-tier college in the Midwest,? said Jule Glanzer, Tabor president.

?Moving up eight spots in the ranking is a credit to all faculty and staff for the quality work they do in helping provide an excellent education to those who choose to attend Tabor,? he added.

U.S. News uses indicators to capture academic quality that fall into a number of categories including: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty re?sources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

The indicators include input measures that reflect a school?s student body, faculty and financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students.

Tabor?s academic accolades for the 2014-15 school year include:

? Students from 35 states and nine international countries;

? 42 percent of students (Hillsboro campus only) received Pell Grants;

? 29 NAIA Academic All-Americans, 71 KCAC Aca?dem?ic All-Conference athletes.

The 105th commencement honored a 171 graduates: 107 from the Hillsboro campus, which was the fourth largest graduating class in school history; 64 from the Wichita campus, 60 undergraduate and four graduate students who earned master?s degrees, which was the second largest graduating class.

Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, said, ?It is gratifying to know that those who vote for the USNWR rankings, including our peer colleges, recognize Tabor?s commitment to academic excellence. Tabor graduates are highly sought out by employers.?

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