Mississippi University for Women was the only Mississippi institution to appear in the “strong commitment to teaching” category of U.S.News & World Report”s latest college rankings, landing at No. 7 among other Southern institutions including Elon, James Madison and Mercer universities.
MUW also was ranked No. 34 in the Best Universities — Master”s Southern region category and was the highest-ranked school from Mississippi in this category as well.
The commitment to teaching is a new classification, according to U.S.News, which singled out 80 colleges and universities “where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.”
MUW boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio.
“Not only are we providing our students a quality education, we also are providing it in a highly personalized learning environment, which is made possible through the dedication of our faculty,” said Dr. Claudia A. Limbert, MUW”s president.
Dr. Hal Jenkins, MUW”s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, added, “At MUW, outstanding teaching is our primary focus. Many universities treat teaching as something faculty may do if they have time after research. At our school, quality teaching is prized.”
MUW has been prominently ranked in other leading publications such as Kiplinger”s Personal Finance and Consumer”s Digest magazines.
Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase Monday.
The 2010 America”s Best Colleges guidebook will be available Tuesday.
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