SUNY Canton Named a 2012 U.S. News Best College
The College earned a ranking of 43rd on the ‘Regional Colleges-North’ list. Selection in the category is based on colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal art disciplines. The North division includes colleges located in the Northeastern United States.
“As far as I know, this is the first time SUNY Canton has been included in these prestigious rankings, and we are extremely happy and proud to be among the select colleges honored,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This recognition reflects the perennial dedication of our faculty and staff members who provide outstanding opportunities for all of our students. We’ve seen our successes play out in our classrooms, in our student groups and organizations, and on our athletic fields. It’s encouraging to know those successes are being acknowledged by others, too.”
College officials believe SUNY Canton’s growing reputation and ranking is the result of many strategic initiatives and programs over the last several years. The College now offers 21 in-demand bachelor’s degrees that incorporate hands-on experience and internship opportunities that provide students with the real-world background they need to be successful in the workforce. Signature programs such as nursing, veterinary technology and criminal justice continue to attract high-caliber students while the College’s new majors, including sports management and graphic and multimedia design, have proven to wildly popular among prospective students.
SUNY Canton also offers one of the largest online course offerings in New York State in an effort to bring an affordable and accessible education to both traditional and non-traditional students. Since 2009, online course enrollments have grown more than 33 percent.
The 2012 rankings include fewer than half of all colleges in the country. U.S. News & World Report has been compiling rankings and publishing them for 28 years, grouping schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Colleges are compared against their peer institutions on a variety of factors including graduation and retention rates, class size, and selectivity.
The rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting September 20. More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/colleges.
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