US News and World Report ranks ECSU #4

Kesha Williams
August 23, 2006US News & World Report has published its 2006 edition of America's Best Colleges where Elizabeth City State University is ranked fourth among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South. According to US News & World Report/America's Best Colleges, the institutions in the category of Comprehensive Colleges "focus primarily on undergraduate education just as the liberal arts colleges do but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. They also offer a range of programs in professional fields such as business, nursing and education. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor's degrees. There are 320 comprehensive colleges-bachelor's, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Like all US News categories, the regional groupings are derived from the classification framework established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2000." ECSU administrators are pleased to see the university maintain its presence among the Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South. The ranking reflects the work done to make ECSU an outstanding university that prepares its students for the future. ECSU has academic programs that prepare students to meet the demands of a global society and brought in and retained outstanding faculty and staff. In addition, administrators constructed the kinds of facilities that students value. All of these efforts were made to make ECSU more appealing to students in this region and beyond. Highlights of the college rankings are scheduled for publication in the August 28 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine. US News & World Reports says it ranks the colleges to help students and their supporters select the colleges and universities that are best suited for them. Each school's rank (within its group of peer institutions) is based on the same set of quality measures. Furthermore, 75 percent of a school's ranking is based on a formula that uses objective measures of academic quality such as graduation rates.