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09/10/2013

Winthrop Listed In U.S. News Among Top 10 Southern Public Universities

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 In the 2014 edition, Winthrop rose from ninth to tie for eighth place among Southern public institutions in its category and tied once again for 25th among public and private universities.
 Winthrop President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock said that U.S. News and other notable third-party rankings reflect that Winthrop has worked hard to achieve and maintain quality in its programs over the years.

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President Comstock
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University again ranked among the South’s top 10 public universities that convey bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” This marks the 22nd year that the magazine has included Winthrop in its list of top tier institutions.

In the 2014 edition, Winthrop rose from ninth to tie for eighth place among Southern public institutions in its category and tied once again for 25th among public and private universities.

U.S. News uses a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. This year’s rankings reflect changes to the methodology to increase the weight of output measures that signal how well a school educates its students.

The rankings from the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” will be released on Sept. 10.

The U.S. News college rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and are frequently relied upon by students and parents considering higher education opportunities. U.S. News surveys colleges and universities each year and ranks nearly 1,400 of them in different categories.

Winthrop President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock said that U.S. News and other notable third-party rankings reflect that Winthrop has worked hard to achieve and maintain quality in its programs over the years. “Our strong record across many indicators reflects that we are offering the quality of a private university education at a public university price. Our priority now is to build on our success to address issues of access, attainment, affordability and accountability, so that the top-notch education a Winthrop degree signifies will be possible for even more students.”

Over the past decade, Winthrop has consistently received third-party endorsements for its value and academic quality. Barron’s Best Buys has included Winthrop in its rankings, Princeton Review regularly lists the university among best Southeastern colleges, and Washington Monthly recently identified Winthrop as one of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” in its 2013 College Guide Rankings edition.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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