Marks of Distinction

November 6, 2012 by University of La Verne

University’s National and Regional Recognition Reflect Academic Excellence, Educational Value

With total enrollment at an all-time high, establishment of the La Verne Experience and a host of new facilities transforming its historic campus, the University of La Verne continues to enhance its reputation as the university of choice for students seeking to continue their education.

That rise is reflected in the increasing recognition the university is receiving throughout the United States. Its academic excellence, promotion of a values-based education and continuing growth – both in size and involvement in national issues – has captured the attention of those who chart the country’s leading institutions.

Nationally, La Verne has again received high marks from the leading publications that rank the country’s top institutions of higher education. U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual America’s Best Colleges issue places La Verne in the top tier of its National Universities category for a third straight year. Forbes Magazine lists La Verne in the top half of its 2012 America’s Top Colleges rankings, which recognizes the top 20 percent of the nation’s undergraduate universities. And Washington Monthly’s 2012 National Universities includes La Verne in its rating of the country’s top schools based upon contributions to the public good.

Among the key rating factors utilized in the various national ratings are quality of teaching, personalized instruction, community & civic engagement, student retention, graduation rates, co-curricular activities, social mobility and commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Such recognition enhances the university’s national visibility, reflects the value of a La Verne education and confirms its worth as an investment in the future.

U.S. News further expanded on its recognition when it rated La Verne second among the nation’s over-performing universities. In comparing the university’s peer assessment with its 2013 overall ranking, the publication’s analysis showed La Verne performing 82 places above its peer assessment. Such a dramatic escalation reflects a strong performance in a wide range of academic indicators and a continuing commitment to provide excellent learning opportunities.

This fall the university added an impressive regional mark to its growing list of recognition when the Los Angeles Business Journal ranked its MBA Program third in L.A. County based upon the number of degrees awarded. Only the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management ranked higher.

As prospective students and their parents seek out the best place to continue their education, there are any number of ways to compare and evaluate the nation’s thousands of colleges and universities. One way to assess the myriad choices is to draw upon these rankings and use them to help identify which institutions are worthy of closer review. This is why such recognition plays an essential role in the continuing growth of La Verne’s image and national impact.

And as it gains momentum through the La Verne Experience and the completion of its 2020 Vision strategic plan, the university will continue to exceed expectations as it meets the needs of the next generation of leaders.

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