Wmc Is Recognized For Academic Program

October 24, 1990|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER - "America's Best Colleges," an annual survey of the United States' most outstanding institutions of higher learning as conducted by U.S. News & World Report, has included Western Maryland College in its list of top-ranked national liberal arts colleges.

The report, featured in the Oct. 15 issue of the magazine, places Western Maryland among the "Best of the Rest" -- the best 141 liberal arts colleges not ranked in the top 25 but warranting national recognition nonetheless. These colleges were rated by the magazine's editors and by college presidents, deans and admissions directors, using categories established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

According to the survey, Western Maryland ranks with those institutions that "provide superior academic experiences for the academically ambitious student." The group is comprised of "highly selective schools that award more than half their degrees in the liberal arts."

Although Western Maryland regularly receives accolades for its academic quality -- two of its entering freshmen are National Merit Scholars, for instance, while a total of 11 have been honored as Maryland Distinguished Scholars -- this marks the first time the college has been recognized by the U.S. News survey. "America's Best Colleges" is now in its seventh year, and its third year as an annual report.

"U.S. News has seen the light," WMC president Robert H. Chambers III said in response to the survey. "They're telling the whole country what we've known all along -- that Western Maryland is simply one of the best at providing higher education in the liberal arts.

"When you consider the strength of the competition, and when you look at how we stack up against the nationally known private universities, we stand tall. It's great to be recognized for that."

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