KWC ranked 7th 'Best Value School' in South
By Rich Suwanski Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 am
Kentucky Wesleyan College was ranked seventh by U.S. News this week as a "Best Value School" in the South.
U.S. News calculates a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2012-13 net cost to attend a school for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
"High school students and their parents assess academic quality and affordability as a package when making a college choice, and this has been particularly true since the economic downturn of 2008," said KWC President Craig Turner. "Kentucky Wesleyan has worked diligently to provide an affordable education while maintaining a rigorous academic experience, and we're gratified that an institution of this stature recognizes our efforts.
"More importantly, the U.S. News rankings send a powerful message to our region: A college close to home is in the top 10 in the South for best value, and they have convenient access to a high quality, affordable education."
KWC was also ranked 18th as a "Best Regional College" in the South by U.S. News, which gathered institutional data on a number of indicators, and ranked colleges against peers in their region based on composite weighted scores. Brescia University was ranked 36th on the list.
Additionally, KWC was rated 29th in the nation as a 2013 "Best Baccalaureate College" by Washington Monthly. Washington Monthly measures recruitment and graduation of low-income students, scholarship and emphasis on student service to the community.
"These significant accolades reflect our commitment to academic excellence, affordability and student success," Turner said.
Last month, KWC and BU were recognized among the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the Princeton Review, an education services company. The Princeton Review measures academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green issues. The Review also asks students to rate their own schools on several issues from accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food.
Rich Suwanski, 691-7315, or [email protected].