Money magazine, in its sixth annual College Guide listing the nation's best buys in higher education, has ranked the University at Albany #10 in the nation, and #2 in the Northeast. Albany has been listed among the Top 25 nationally by the Money survey for six consecutive years and moved up from #20 last year to the #10 spot.
Interim President Karen Hitchcock said, "It is a special honor to be named one of the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation by Money Magazine's prestigious survey. Our ranking can be attributed to the fact that our graduation rate is more than 20 percent higher than the national average, our faculty members are dedicated teachers, and we continually assess and improve the effectiveness of our programs."
The University's Outcomes Assessment program is a national model for evaluating the educational experience of students and alumni. "It shows our concern for our students," said Hitchcock, who was Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to being named interim president.
"New York State can be proud of the investment it has made in public higher education," she said. "We are grateful for the support we have received from the Governor, the Legislature and the taxpayers and we intend to earn their continued support by maintaining, and building on, this quality. In addition, Capital Region residents can be proud that Albany has been recognized as an 'unheralded but terrific college town'."
Judith Baskin, chair of the University Senate and chair of the Department of Judaic Studies, said, "The University at Albany provides an exciting intellectual environment for students and faculty alike. The rising quality of our incoming freshman classes, particularly the four-fold increase (from 40 to 155) in Presidential Scholars in three years, tells me that astute parents out there are already aware of the educational bargain offered by the University at Albany."
Baskin added, "As a major research university, we are able to offer undergraduates the experience of conducting cutting-edge research with faculty who are at the top of their fields. At the same time we train graduate students to become first-rate professors and researchers."
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