Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Albion Well Regarded by High School Counselors in Latest U.S. News Ranking
High school counselors include Albion College among the institutions they believe offer the best undergraduate education to students, according to U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2012 ranking.
For the last two years, the publication has asked counselors for their input in its popular annual listing, and the unique group collectively rated Albion 85th among national liberal arts colleges.
"I am particularly pleased with the high ranking awarded by high school guidance counselors," Albion College President Donna Randall said. "This influential group of professionals may be in the best position to judge the quality of an undergraduate education. Their high ranking affirms the quality of our academic programs and speaks to the many successful alumni who have graduated from our College."
Feedback from high school counselors factors into undergraduate academic reputation, one of seven categories U.S. News uses to compile its overall ranking of schools. Albion is at No. 102 on that list among national liberal arts colleges, up nine spots from a year ago.
"I am very pleased with our ranking; yet, it does not really showcase Albion College as we know it," said Provost Susan Conner. "The strength of our graduates, the quality of our academic programs and faculty-student interactions, and the campus experience add up to much more."
Visit U.S. News' Best Colleges site for Albion's listing and the rankings methodology. At-a-glance information can also be found on the College’s Quick Facts page; for an up-close, in-depth view into Albion, take a virtual tour or schedule a campus visit.