Lipscomb University ranks 27th among master's degree institutions in the South, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges," which is to appear on newsstands Monday.
Lipscomb jumped six places from last year's 33rd ranking, showing improved scores in five of the 12 criteria considered in the U.S. News methodology.
"Our improved ranking reflects Lipscomb’s commitment to continued improvement as an institution and a greater effort to recruit top-quality students. It is certainly gratifying when publications such as U.S. News recognize the ongoing improvement that characterizes our premier academic program," said Kim Chaudoin, director of marketing and public relations at Lipscomb.
She said that rankings such as those produced by U.S. News can be valuable for prospective students, particularly when used to develop questions to be asked in the enrollment process rather than as an overall assessment of institutional effectiveness.
‘Those questions can lead students to more significant measures of quality -- such as how well our students say they are prepared for their internships, how well our alumni say they were prepared for their chosen careers and the impact of our spiritual emphasis on their preparation for the challenges of life,” Chaudoin said.
Lipscomb showed improvements in overall score, average graduation rate, student/faculty ratio, percentage of faculty who are full-time and acceptance rate.
Future improvements could result as the university continues to implement a strategic plan that has been two years in the making, Chaudoin said.