SAINT AUGUSTINE – Flagler College was once again ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South, behind High Point University in North Carolina. Flagler also moved up one spot to fifth on the Best Value list in the South regional category, and was first for colleges in the South with a Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching and second for Most Innovative Schools among Southern colleges.
The Best Value list recognizes schools for offering high-quality programs at an affordable cost. Most Innovative Schools were nominated by top academics who took part in a peer assessment survey and were asked about schools that had made the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. The Undergraduate Teaching list was compiled by nominations from academics asked about schools where faculty had “an unusually strong commitment” to teaching.
“We were thrilled to continue our strong showings on these rankings, as well as to be included for innovation and undergraduate teaching,” said College President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner. “Teaching is the heart of what we do at Flagler College, and it is gratifying to see that the hard work of our many faculty and staff has paid off with this recognition.”
Other schools in the top 10 Best Regional Colleges in the South category include University of the Ozarks, Catawba College, Barton College, Coker College, University of Mobile, University of South Carolina-Aiken, among others.
U.S. News defines regional colleges as those focusing on undergraduate education, but granting fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Academic quality is measured by gathering data in a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, how well schools perform at retaining and graduating students, the quality of and investment in the faculty, student selectivity, financial resources and the state of alumni giving. A rank is arrived after calculating weighted scores for each school.
There were 64 colleges and universities included in the first tier of the South rankings.
In August, Flagler College was also named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges” guide.
The U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” guidebook will be available in stores on Oct. 16. For more information, visit here: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges.