University gains recognition for quality
ON THE GREEN | The University regularly is recognized as a top institution in national comparisons, and this year has been no exception, with high ratings by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and the highly competitive Marshall Scholars program.
In the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group, published in the September issue of the magazine, UD ranked 28th among the nation’s top public universities, up from 30th in last year’s edition. The publication, which ranks more than 1,400 schools nationwide, lists UD as tied for No. 68 when compared with all U.S. universities, both public and private. Delaware also is highlighted for its undergraduate engineering, First-Year Experience and Learning Communities programs.
Another recent assessment, this one by Forbes.com, the online publication of the business magazine Forbes, ranks UD 31st among the 100 top public colleges and universities in the U.S.
In compiling its second annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide, Forbes.com worked with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to rank 600 undergraduate institutions. The rankings were determined by a combination of such factors as student evaluations of courses and faculty, the success of a school’s graduates, the amount of debt students incur and the institution’s graduation rates.
Also, a report issued by the Marshall Scholars program recognizes schools that have had at least one such scholar in the past four years. UD, which had three students selected in that time frame, “is in some nice company,” says Katharine Kerrane, senior associate director of the UD Honors Program. Other schools cited for having three scholars in four years include Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Michigan State universities.
Marshall Scholarships finance American students “of high ability” to study in the United Kingdom.