Truman Listed in Sept. Issue of US News & World Report

Truman State University has been recognized, once again, as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region–Master’s Category by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Truman has received this No. 1 recognition for the past 13 years. Highlights of the college rankings are published in the September 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Truman also ranked No. 8 overall in the “Best Universities-Master’s” category, for the Midwest Region, among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs.

The 2010 edition also includes another No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region for “Strong Commitment to Teaching,” which is based on surveys that identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.  

“It is no surprise that Truman would be recognized for its commitment to teaching,” University President Darrell W. Krueger said. “Our faculty has always been focused on our students’ success.”

Truman was included as the No. 4 school in the Midwest Region on the list of 77 “Top Up-and-Coming Schools,” for recently making “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.” Truman is the only Missouri school listed.

Perhaps the most notable ranking this year, given the state of the economy, is Truman’s inclusion at No. 13 on the list of “Great Schools, Great Prices.” This best value ranking relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2010 U.S. News Ranking, to the 2008-2009 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

“Affordable access to an exceptional education has long been one of the core values of the University,” Krueger said. “We believe Truman provides our students with a high quality education, while at the same time allowing them to graduate without the amount of debt they would accumulate at other comparable schools.”

The University’s Undergraduate Research Program was also highlighted in the “Programs to Look For,” section which lists schools that have examples of outstanding academic programs that are commonly linked to student success.

U.S. News & World Report bases its regional master’s rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving, among those institutions whose focus is primarily undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

The Midwest Region category includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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