Only seven institutions in Oklahoma earned this year’s ranking as a best college by Forbes.
Bartlesville, OK (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Oklahoma Wesleyan University has again been listed among America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.com.
The U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges places OKWU in the top ten, Best in the West, for Regional Colleges.
This is the ninth year in a row that OKWU has ranked in the top ten for this report.
This 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges defines the schools considered for this report as those that “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of all bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.” This is a definition according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
U.S. News & World Report, along with this classification system, considers peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving in their ranking.
These institutions are then separated and ranked by region: North, South, Midwest and West.
In addition to this top ten Best in the West Ranking, OKWU has also been ranked among America’s Best Colleges by Forbes.com.
According to a Forbes.com press release, these institutions focus “on the things that matter the most to students.” These ranking qualifications include great career prospects or post-graduate success; student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore retention rates; low levels of debt; four year graduation rate and competitive awards.
Only seven institutions in Oklahoma earned this year’s ranking as a best college –
Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oral Roberts University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tulsa.
Since U.S. News and World Report and Forbes rank colleges and universities based on different criteria, both awards are highly sought after by higher education institutions.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal
arts and sciences that is fully accredited by the North Central Association. OKWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.