Flagler College fourth in U.S. News’ Best Regional Colleges in South
Sep 14, 2020
Flagler College was ranked fourth in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South. Flagler was also featured as thirteenth on the Best Value list in the south regional colleges category, as well as fourth for colleges in the south with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and second for “Most Innovative Schools” among southern colleges. For the first time, Flagler was ranked in the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category, placing 26th.
The Best Value list recognizes schools for offering high-quality programs at an affordable cost. Most Innovative Schools were nominated by top academics who took part in a peer assessment survey and were asked about schools that had made the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. The Undergraduate Teaching list was compiled by nominations from academics asked about schools where faculty had “an unusually strong commitment” to teaching.
Other schools in the top 10 Best Regional Colleges in the South category include University of the Ozarks, Catawba College, LaGrange College and High Point University.
U.S. News defines regional colleges as those focusing on undergraduate education, but granting fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Academic quality is measured by gathering data in a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, how well schools perform at retaining and graduating students, the quality of and investment in the faculty, student selectivity, financial resources and the state of alumni giving. A rank is arrived after calculating weighted scores for each school.
There were 68 colleges and universities included in the first tier of the rankings of southern colleges.
“The Top Performers on Social Mobility” category examines Pell Grant students’ six-year graduation rate and that rate against the performance of non-Pell Grant students. Those students are defined as students whose family income is less than $50k per year.
In August, Flagler College was also named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges” guide.
The U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” guidebook will be available in stores on Sept. 14. For more information, visit here: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges.