CU once again named in top 100 of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide

CU once again named in top 100 of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide

Sept. 9, 2014
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University is once again named to the top 100 of top regional universities in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were released today.

“Campbellsville University has once again ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report,” Dr. Michael V. Carter, in his 16th year as CU president, said. “We are proud and honored to be listed among the top 100 regional universities in the South,” he said.

CU has been ranked in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges” 22 consecutive years.

Carter said CU is moving forward in the ongoing implementation of “Vision 2025 – Preparing Christian Servant Leaders,” which is the institutions blueprint for the future.

Carter said CU’s remaining in the top 100 of regional universities of the South is a tribute to the “excellent” progress in the enhancement of academic excellence, student engagement and fulfilling the historic mission of serving a diverse student population.

Campbellsville University is a comprehensive university where students are valued, servant leadership is emphasized and individual lives are being transformed, he said.

Carter said, “We are most grateful for this very prestigious recognition in the latest U.S News ratings and consider it further verification of our ongoing efforts to move CU forward to new heights of excellence and higher education achievement -- all of which benefit our students and graduates.”

Carter said Campbellsville University is constantly improving and upgrading facilities, along with academic programs. A new 36-bed Women’s Village was opened in the fall.

New academic programs include a master of business administration with an emphasis in church management and a new master of arts in sport management that begins in the spring.

A new master’s of science in nursing is being developed for a future launch.

CU has 152 full-time faculty members with an average age of 50.2 years. Ninety-seven or 63.8 percent hold terminal degrees, and 59 or 38.8 percent are tenured faculty members.

To sort colleges and universities into their appropriate ranking categories, U.S. News & World Report uses the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education 2010 revisions to its Basic Classification.

Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs, and this is the fourth year Campbellsville University has been in the “regional universities” designation. The Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in higher education.

Academic institutions are categorized by their mission and region with the gathering of data from each of 12 indicators of academic excellence. The schools are ranked against their peers, according to scores given by U.S. News & World Report. CU is ranked 81st in this year’s rankings.

The indicators used to capture quality fall into a number of categories: including graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

The indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students.

Carter said moving to a regional university status is one of the goals that was set in 1996 when Campbellsville became a university.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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