UCCS named a top university

By Tom Hutton published August 18, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is one of the top public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.

In the 2007 college rankings edition, "America's Best Colleges," to be released Aug 21, the magazine's editors ranked UCCS seven among top public western universities offering mostly master's and bachelor's degrees. In the 2006 edition, UCCS ranked eight.

In both the 2006 and 2007 editions, UCCS ranked in the top tier of all public and private master's universities in the West. Masters universities provide a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs.

In ranking more than 1,400 colleges and universities, U.S. News relies on quantitative measures "that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it's based on our non-partisan view of what matters in education," U.S. News editors Robert Morse and Samuel Flanigan wrote in a preface to the rankings.

Among the quantitative measures are freshman student retention rates, student graduation rates and class sizes.

"I am pleased that UCCS is recognized as a top university in the Western United States," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "These rankings highlight the commitment of faculty and staff to ensure that all eligible students receive a high-quality education that provides great value in ensuring successful individual futures as well as the collective well-being of our state."

Other universities cited as top public universities in the West were: California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, Western Washington University, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Chico, California Polytechnic University-Pomona, Sonoma (Calif.) State University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, California State University-Fullerton, Humboldt (Calif.) State University, Central Washington University, San Jose (Calif.) State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Weber (Utah) State University.

The rankings are available on-line at www.usnews.com.

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor's degrees, 17 master's and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,600 students annually.

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