U.S. News and World Report rankings

Thursday, September 02, 2010
Office of the President

I could make a pretty good case on the failings of college ranking systems and why we should not pay much attention to them. However, I've always said that if we are highly ranked I'll be the first to tell people about it.

So today I have that happy task. The new U.S. News and World Report rankings are out and we have moved from Tier 3 to Tier 1 within our region. To take a two tier jump in one year is pretty amazing -- moving up even one tier is cause for celebration at most places. I heard from one colleague president in the midwest who e-mailed: "Pretty amazing! I’ve never heard of any University making a two-tier jump!"

Despite my aforementioned critique of the rankings, we can use this news to bolster our recruitment work in a very substantial way. International students often ask how we rank (and often know the U.S. News and World Report), families turn to it, alumni feel proud of an advance like this one, guidance counselors are reassured, and the Advancement Office will leverage the achievement as well.

In addition, our online programs were just ranked second in the nation in an industry web site.

Everyone at SNHU should be proud. Whether or not the ranking systems make much rational sense, today's news more than anything else reflects a growing public awareness of the quality, innovation, and growth of the university. We all know how hard everyone here is working to bring SNHU to the next level and because we take the task seriously, we know how much more we have to do. But these rankings reflect the progress we have made (we will be better still) and the fact that people are paying attention.

Congratulations and thanks to all of you. This is a nice way to kick off a new academic year!

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