Published: Fri Aug 17, 2007U.S.News & World Report ranks Tennessee Tech University among the south's best universities and one of the Top 10 Public Universities in the South in its 2008 America's Best Colleges guide released today.
Tennessee Tech University tied for 8 th place in the Top Public Universities in the South-Master's category rankings according to the guide, available online at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today and on newsstands Aug. 20.
This marks the sixth year U.S.News & World Report has given TTU top billing among Tennessee public universities. TTU is also ranked among the Best Universities (which includes both public and private institutions) for the southern region this year, placing 25th, and up eight places from the 2007 rankings.
"The consistency of our top rankings and our continual rise 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."
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 rankings, 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 on 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 87 percent of its faculty members are full-time. Some 50 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. About 52 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.
Since U.S.News & World Report categorizes schools based on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's classifications, many schools changed from one ranking category to another this year due to the foundation's recently announced version.
TTU remained in and moved up within the "universities-master's" category, but that title can be deceiving. Universities in that category 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 TTU enrolled students from 38 other states and 43 foreign countries.