Several of us here at Decatur City Hall are graduates of a woman’s college so we are proud to share this great news from Decatur’s own Agnes Scott College.
ATLANTA – Agnes Scott College ranks second among liberal arts colleges in the “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in the U.S. News & World Report’s just-released 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” It is the only women’s college recognized in this category.
“This is exciting news,” said Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss. “We ranked in ninth place when this particular ranking first appeared last year, so we are thrilled to move even higher on the list. It indicates that others are hearing about the ways we continually enhance our academic programs and the overall college experience for our students.”
The 77 colleges and universities ranked in this category were singled out by their peers as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.
In a new ranking this year, also selected by higher education peers, Agnes Scott places 17th among liberal arts colleges with “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.” This list identifies schools where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
“Agnes Scott professors are passionately devoted to helping students learn and succeed,” Kiss said. “Whether it is mentoring student research, co-presenting at a national conference, creating innovative programs in fields like sustainability or public health, or giving career and life advice, our faculty are there for students. It is so gratifying that Agnes Scott has been recognized in this category, which gets at the heart of what college should be about.”
An independent, liberal arts college in metropolitan Atlanta, Agnes Scott placed 22nd in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which gives it the distinction of being the best value college in the Southeast.
In this new edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Agnes Scott improved its overall position among national liberal arts colleges to 59th, up from 63rd just three years ago.
More than 1,400 schools nationwide are included in the 2010 “America’s Best Colleges. During the 26 years that the U.S. News college rankings have been published, the groups of schools have been based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.