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Light in the Valley
FVSU ranks 25th among America's best black colleges
August 18, 2010 - Fort Valley State University earned the 25th spot among best black colleges in the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. The rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.
“Just the fact that we’ve reached the top tier for two consecutive years is an accomplishment in itself,” said FVSU president, Dr. Larry E. Rivers. “We have a unique mission at FVSU. We’re proud of this, but we won’t rest on our laurels. We’ll always seek to improve our overall quality and ranking.”
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
A set of up to 16 indicators are used to determine the schools’ placement on the list. The key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges.
“Based on last year’s results, it appears that we’ve made improvements in the overall peer assessment area,” said Dr. Vann Newkirk, vice president for the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. “In terms of what hurt us the most, I would say it was the rate of alumni giving. It appears that many schools that moved up increased in alumni giving.”
FVSU is the only state-funded HBCU in Georgia ranked. Spelman College holds the number one spot among best black colleges; and Howard University, Morehouse College, Hampton and Tuskegee claimed 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively.
For more information about the report, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.