U.S. News & World Report ranked Tennessee Tech University among the south's best universities in its 2002 College Guide released today.
The guide, which goes on sale Sept. 10, lists TTU as one of the Top 10 Public Schools in the South and includes it in its top tier of Best Universities – Master’s category for the South. This marks TTU’s third "best" ranking by U.S. News in recent years.
"The credit for this accomplishment goes to our committed and talented faculty and staff," said TTU President Robert Bell. "They make quality a priority here -- in academics, student life and service. They focus on student success, but they also care about student experiences. Those attitudes are all reflected in this ranking."
The rankings are separated into four main categories -- Best National Universities - Doctoral, Best Universities - Master's, Best Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's, and Best Comprehensive Colleges - Bachelor's. TTU is included in the Best Universities - Master's category because it offers a full range of undergraduate and master's degrees, but only three Ph.D.-level programs. Some 573 universities were included in the group.
Tennessee Tech was ranked 33rd in the list, which included private and reputable public universities like the University of Richmond, James Madison University, Samford University and The Citadel. TTU was also ranked 10th among the Top Public Schools in the same category. TTU’s previous top-tier rankings came in 1995 and 1999. In 1986 the magazine listed Tennessee Tech as one of three judged "noteworthy" in addition to its top 10 choices for "comprehensive institutions" in the South and border states.
"Our reputation for quality continues to grow," Bell said. "Despite our state funding concerns, we've made a commitment to our students to offer them the best educational opportunities in Tennessee, and this recognition reflects on how well we've lived up to that commitment."
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. Schools were categorized primarily by mission and a grouping system developed by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Several indicators were used to determine a school's academic quality: academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Those indicators included measures reflecting the school's student body, faculty, financial resources and outcome measures to signal how well it does its job of educating students.
TTU's ranking shows that 89 percent of its faculty are full-time, among the highest in its category. Some 41 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. TTU's 90 percent acceptance rate is also among the highest of its group.