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Le Moyne Recognized for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Latest Rankings Released by U.S. News & World Report

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College was one of only 86 institutions in the nation recognized in the “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” category, as part of rankings released this morning by U.S. News & World Report. The College’s high marks in the annual rankings represent the 19th consecutive year it has been recognized for its academic excellence by the publication.

Le Moyne was listed as number two in the “Regional Universities – North” category for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. In the description, institutions recognized were “… cited most often in the spring of 2010 by college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans who were asked to identify up to 10 schools in their U.S. News ranking category where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

“This recognition is a resounding reinforcement of our deep commitment to personal and innovative teaching, which is a hallmark of a Le Moyne education,” said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “The excellence our faculty bring to our students – inside and outside of the classroom – begins from the moment they set foot on campus. We are thrilled to be honored in this way.”

Le Moyne was also recognized in other categories:
• Number 17 in the overall “Regional Universities North” category, moving up two spots from last year’s listing.
• Number 6 in the Regional Universities North "Great Schools, Great Prices" list.
• Inclusion in the "A-Plus Schools for B-Students" listing for the Regional Universities North category.

“Looking at the entirety of our performance in the U.S. News rankings, it is clear that Le Moyne is a college on the rise,” said President Fred Pestello, Ph.D. “The commitment to our Jesuit roots, coupled with the ability to connect deeply with students in so many ways, delivers a powerful values-based academic experience to which everyone on campus contributes.”

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Significant changes have been made to the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology; for more details on this go to U.S. News and World Report.

Le Moyne College is an independent, Jesuit institution offering a comprehensive program of liberal arts, sciences, pre-professional studies and graduate programs in education, business administration, nursing and physician assistant studies. Founded in 1946, Le Moyne’s 2,300 full-time undergraduates choose from 40 programs including majors in more than 30 areas of study, all of which emphasize the search for meaning and value in the intellectual life. Le Moyne is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

posted on: 8/17/2010