Published: Thu Aug 21, 2008For the seventh year, Tennessee Tech University ranks among the south’s best universities and is one of the Top 10 Public Universities in the South according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Colleges guide released online today.
The guide ranks TTU 8th place in the Top Public Universities in the South — Master’s category.
Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25. The 2009 America’s Best Colleges guidebook will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and it is available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.
This marks the seventh year U.S.News & World Report has given TTU top billing among Tennessee public universities. TTU also ranked 27th among the Best Universities (which includes both public and private institutions) for the southern region this year.
Other states included in the region, in addition to Tennessee, are Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
“The consistency of our top rankings within the list is the result of much dedication and hard work on our campus,” said TTU President Bob Bell. “We have made a concerted effort to enhance our student experiences, which has also had a positive impact on freshman retention and student satisfaction.
“Our focus is on the lifelong success of our students, and a positive side effect is recognition like this from U.S.News & World Report,” Bell concluded.
The magazine’s ranking system is based on two main pillars, according to U.S.News editors. It relies on quantitative measures of academic quality and the editors’ nonpartisan view of what matters in education.
To determine rakings, data for 15 indicators of academic excellence are gathered for more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools. U.S.News then assigns a weight to each indicator, and colleges in each category are ranked against their peers based n the weighted score.
Several indicators were used to determine a school’s academic quality: peer assessment, student retention and graduation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving rates.
TTU’s ranking indicates that 83 percent of its faculty members are full-time. About 40 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. Fifty-two percent of TTU entering freshmen are classified in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
The rankings are separated into four main categories: national universities, liberal arts colleges, universities — master’s and baccalaureate colleges. These categories are further subdivided by geographic region.
Universities within the master’s category, such as TTU, offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but fewer doctoral programs (if any) compared to institutions listed in the national category.
TTU offers doctoral degrees in engineering, education and environmental sciences.
The universities — master’s category is separated by region because, in general, schools in this category tend to draw students heavily from surrounding states. While TTU typically attracts most of its students from within the state, last year the university enrolled students from 40 other states and 65 foreign countries.