U.S. News Lists Southeast in Top Tier of Midwest Master’s Degree-Granting Institutions


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Southeast Missouri State University is listed in the top tier of Midwest Master’s Degree-granting institutions in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”


Aug. 17, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University is one of only 21 public universities listed in the top tier of Midwest Master’s Degree-granting institutions in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report.

The exclusive rankings will be published in the magazine’s Aug. 27 issue, on newsstands Monday, Aug. 20, and available online at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today.

The annual rankings – in which U.S.News & World Report News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – provide a resource for parents and students contemplating the decision of where to enroll for college.

There are 70 Midwest schools listed in that top tier, and 49 of those are private institutions. Southeast is one of only 21 publics on the Midwest Best Colleges list. Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast, said the University community is pleased to be included in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges.”

“While there is some debate in the higher education community about some aspects of the U. S. News & World Report methodology used in ranking colleges and universities,” Dobbins said, “we are pleased with our University’s placement as one of the few Midwestern public institutions in the top tier.

“We hope this ranking will encourage students and their parents to take a closer look at Southeast when they are making the life-changing decision about college enrollment,” he continued.

“Those of us who teach and work at Southeast know that the University offers an outstanding postsecondary education for our students. The U. S. News & World Report ranking provides an external validation of that belief.”  “For nearly a quarter century, consulting the U. S. News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals,” said  U. S. News & World Report’s editor, Brian Kelly. “Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country.  Through these rankings, and the ‘America’s Best Colleges’ guidebook, our goal is to help equip students and their families to make a knowledgeable decision based on clear, comparative research.”

Using a proprietary methodology, the annual  U. S. News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools, Kelly said. A complete summary of the methodology used to rank each school can be found online at www.usnews.com/colleges.