ACU on 'U.S. News' Best Value List a Third Time

for immediate release Aug. 21, 1997

Once again, Abilene Christian University has been named a "Best Value" in higher education by U.S. News and World Report. And for the fourth consecutive year, ACU will be recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" in a guide published by the magazine.

The Best Colleges issue of the magazine and the guide will arrive on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25. The Best Value rankings will appear in a special section on financing college in the Sept. 8 issue of U.S. News, on newsstands Monday, Sept. 1.

"U.S. News editors say they devised their best value rankings to provide a realistic measure of where students can get the best education for the money," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We are always pleased to get their seal of approval because it affirms that we have continued to achieve our goal of providing an education that is in the top tier of quality while staying at the bottom tier of price."

The Best Value rankings are calculated by relating an institution's quality to its total cost, factoring in financial aid. Only the schools in the top quarter of the Best Colleges rankings are considered for the Best Value designation. Schools are placed in one of four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional liberal arts colleges.

ACU ranked the No. 6 Best Value for "regional universities" in the western region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

This year, ACU again was ranked No. 3 for Operating Efficiency in its region. Based on the academic rankings in the U.S. News survey, these institutions get the most out of their educational expenditures, according to U.S. News editors.

Among "Best Colleges," ACU is one of only five Texas schools in the top quarter of regional universities in the western region. The other schools are Trinity University, St. Mary's University of San Antonio, University of St. Thomas and University of the Incarnate Word.

The Best Colleges rankings are determined by specific statistics in these general categories:

* academic reputation - 25 percent
* student retention - 25 percent
* faculty resources - 20 percent
* student selectivity - 15 percent
* financial resources - 10 percent
* alumni giving rate - 5 percent

On its website, U.S. News also describes schools at one of five levels: most selective, more selective, selective, less selective and least selective. ACU was deemed "more selective."

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Last update: September 1, 1997