Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 18, 2006) - John Brown University for the second year in a row has been ranked sixth in the Southern Region of the Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s in the “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.
“It is encouraging that JBU continues to be recognized for its growing academic and institutional strength,” Dr. Charles Pollard, university president said. “The U.S. News & World Report rankings offer a confirmation of our commitment to offer an excellent, Christ-centered education that shapes students’ intellectual, spiritual and professional lives, but we still consider the most important measure of our results to be in the changed lives of our students and of the people that they serve.”
The total score that each institution receives is based on the following: peer assessment (25 percent), retention (20 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (5 percent), and alumni giving rate (5 percent). The rankings provide prospective students a comparison of schools based on these various pieces of data.
Dr. Ed Ericson, JBU’s vice president for academic affairs who analyzed this year’s ranking against past performances, noticed several factors that helped JBU maintain the sixth spot.
“JBU’s peer ranking has risen 10 percent since 2004 and that speaks a lot about how other universities and colleges perceive our academic excellence,” Ericson said.
Other factors include consistently high graduation and retention rates and an alumni giving rate that shot up from 13 percent in 2001 to 27 percent in 2006.
JBU’s ranking has been climbing over the past five years. JBU ranked twelfth in the Southern Region Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s category in 2001 and 2002, eleventh in 2003, and eighth in 2004.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.