For the eighth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
The UI is one of only 20 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list and one of three Big Ten schools included along with Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The creation of a former New York Times education editor, the Fiske Guide has been a respected college search tool used by parents, college-bound students, and their guidance counselors for more than 25 years.
To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. In all, 41 schools received the "Best Buy" designation, including 21 private institutions.
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A comparison of 500 public universities and colleges, The University of Iowa Iowa ranked #47 among the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12" in Kiplinger magazine.
The 2012 ranking, which puts Iowa in the top 10% of all public schools considered, measured admission rates, test scores of incoming first-year students, four- and six-year graduation rates, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and financial aid distribution. The editors used these factors to determine which schools offer the best in academic quality and affordability.
"We are excited to begin (2012) by highlighting a ranking that we strive to get better at each year, Kiplinger’s Best Value in Public Colleges," UI President Sally Mason said shortly after the report's publication, noting that Iowa's ranking climbed up from 62nd the previous year. "I can assure you that we will not rest but will continue to be forward thinking in order to deliver excellence in the classroom and across Iowa."
The University of Iowa is recognized several times in the new U.S.News & World Report's 2012 edition of Top Online Education Program rankings released today, Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Overall the UI ranked No. 50 out of 194 institutions in the area of "Student Engagement and Assessment" for bachelor's programs offered online. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) and the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) together enrolled 309 students in the fall 2011 term, and had 443 actively enrolled students in 2010-11 academic year. Sixty-one students graduated in 2010-11 from the BAS/BLS programs.
The UI College of Education also ranked No. 4 out of 171 institutions in the area of "Admissions Selectivity" for graduate programs in education; No. 62 in the area of "Student Services and Technology," and 146 in the area of "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement."
U.S.News & World Report sent online surveys to 1,765 regionally accredited institutions that offer bachelor's degree programs and to 1,053 institutions that offer at least one master's level program in education in 2010, relying on U.S. Department of Education data and U.S. News internal resources.
Of the institutions queried about bachelor's programs, 969 institutions -- or 55 percent -- responded to the survey. For online master's degree programs, 595 institutions -- or 57 percent -- responded.
An online program was defined to respondents as one with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online. The UI College of Education offers one master's degree program exclusively online -- the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, which has the option of obtaining a Principal Licensure, which currently enrolls 18 students.
Data collection occurred from July 28 through Oct. 28, 2011.