America East Schools Lauded in US News Rankings
Four America East institutions once again rank among the top 100 national universities in the country and all eight of the conference's public institutions come in among the top 100 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, which released its renowned Best College Rankings on Tuesday.
Additionally, UMBC has been recognized as the top up-and-coming school in the country for the fifth-straight year and four other conference members also rank among the nation's top 167 national universities. All nine America East institutions are ranked in at least one category.
"These rankings once again confirm that our institutions are among the finest in the country," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "The breadth of their offerings and programs create a diverse and inclusive environment in which their students can enjoy a complete collegiate experience. It is this foundation on which America East student-athletes build an experience that positions them for lifelong success.
Stony Brook University and University of Vermont led the conference's top-100 schools, tying for 82nd. Binghamton University (97) and University of New Hampshire (97) join them. Only the Ivy League has more top-100 schools among non-FBS conference as America East joins the CAA with four schools recognized. It's the ninth-straight year at least four conference members have appeared in the top-100.
Four other America East schools were slotted in the top 167 with University at Albany (128), UMBC (158), UMass Lowell (158) and University of Maine (167) all receiving high marks.
All eight America East members that are public institutions were listed among the country's top 100 public universities with Stony Brook and Vermont leading the way at 34th, followed by Binghamton (44) and UNH (44), Albany (63), UMBC (85), UMass Lowell (85) and Maine (92).
In other categories, University of Hartford checked in at No. 98 in the North regional rankings and UMBC also earned the No. 6 place for best undergraduate teaching on top of being named the top up-and-coming school, which honors schools that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and student life. Vermont came in at 14th on the up-and-coming school list.
To rank colleges and universities, U.S. News and World Report first assigns schools to a group of their peers, based on the basic categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006. Those in the national universities group are the American universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research.
In each category, data on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence are gathered from each school and tabulated. Schools are ranked within categories by their total weighted score.
U.S. News updated the methodology for the 2014 rankings to reflect the current state of college admissions and better measure student outcomes. High school class rank, a figure included on fewer student transcripts, is less important in college admissions decisions than in years past. As a result, class standing received significantly less weight in this year's rankings. The publication also increased the weight of graduation and retention rates for national universities and liberal arts colleges and extended graduation rate performance, which measures the difference between an institution's predicted and actual graduation rates, to regional schools.