Sept. 12, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
Maryville College’s 2012-2013 academic year officially began with Convocation on Aug. 30, and with the start of school, administrators are celebrating some new accolades.
Specifically, the College moved up 10 spaces in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2013 Guidebook and has been recognized as both a “College of Distinction” and “2012 Great College to Work For.”
“Faculty and staff do excellent work every day at Maryville College, so it is satisfying to have that work recognized by these national publications,” said Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart. “What matters most is that our students continue to benefit from an unwavering commitment to helping them achieve their academic and professional goals in a challenging yet supportive environment.”
The U.S. News & World Report’s Best College’s 2013 Guidebook lists the College in the “National Liberal Arts” category, a distinction for those liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.
Williams and Amherst colleges, both located in Massachusetts, rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, this year. Maryville College is listed in the top tier of schools, ranked at No. 161. Last year, Maryville College was ranked No. 171.
The rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.
The guidebook is available now online at usnews.com and will hit newsstands Sept. 18.
In July, the College was named a “College of Distinction” and is now featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.
Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction™ through high school counselors’ recommendations, as well as quantitative research.
Once nominated, the colleges are assessed using the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Schools featured on CollegesofDistinction.com must meet minimum standards in each category.
Maryville College was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction™ website.
CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.
Other Tennessee schools recognized as a “College of Distinction” include Belmont University, Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South.
Last month, President Bogart learned that the College had been identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for.
The results were released in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace and are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.
In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and polities.
ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm, was hired by The Chronicle to administer the survey and analyze the results. The results were based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
According to the survey data, Maryville College excelled in two of the 12 recognition categories: Teaching Environment and Tenure Clarity and Process. (Both were categories that only faculty members could assess.)
“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.