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CU ranks, once again, in top 100 regional universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘America’s Best Colleges’

Sept. 9, 2015
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University is once again named to the top 100 of top
regional universities in the South, according to the U.S. News &
World Report rankings, which were released today.

“Campbellsville University has once again ranked among the top regional
universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report,” Dr. Michael
V. Carter, in his 17th year as CU president, said. “We are proud and
honored to be listed among the top 100 regional universities in the
South,” he said.

CU has been ranked in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges” 23 consecutive years.

Carter
said CU is moving forward in the ongoing implementation of “Vision 2025
– Preparing Christian Servant Leaders,” which is the institution’s
blueprint for the future.

Carter said CU’s remaining in the top
100 of regional universities of the South is a tribute to the
“excellent” progress in the enhancement of academic excellence, student
engagement and fulfilling the historic mission of serving a diverse
student population.

Campbellsville University is a comprehensive
university where students are valued, servant leadership is emphasized
and individual lives are being transformed, he said.

Carter said,
“We are most grateful for this very prestigious recognition in the
latest U.S News ratings and consider it further verification of our
ongoing efforts to move CU forward to new heights of excellence and
higher education achievement — all of which benefit our students and
graduates.”

Carter said Campbellsville University is constantly
improving and upgrading facilities, along with academic programs. A new
wrestling building is soon to be opened.

Campbellsville University now has a new academic program – Bachelor of Fine Arts.

The university has a Bachelor of Social Work program available fully online beginning this year.

The
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is seeking national accreditation
this year, which will allow Campbellsville University graduates to
practice outside Kentucky.

The university has 145 full-time
faculty members. Ninety-seven or 63.8 percent hold terminal degrees, and
59 or 38.8 percent are tenured faculty members.

To sort colleges
and universities into their appropriate ranking categories, U.S. News
& World Report uses the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
2010 revisions to its Basic Classification.

Regional universities
offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’sprograms
but few doctoral programs, and this is the fifth year Campbellsville
University has been in the “regional universities” designation. The
Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in higher education.

Academic
institutions are categorized by their mission and region with the
gathering of data from each of 12 indicators of academic excellence. The
schools are ranked against their peers, according to scores given by
U.S. News & World Report. CU is ranked 84th in this year’s rankings.

The
indicators used to capture quality fall into a number of categories:
assessment by peers and counselors, graduation and retention rates,
faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation
rate performance and alumni giving rate.

The indicators include
input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its
financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well
the institution does its job of educating students.

Carter said
moving to a regional university status is one of the goals that was set
in 1996 when Campbellsville became a university.

Campbellsville
University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university
with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17
master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional
programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.