Fisk University Professors Ranked as 19th Best in the Nation by CBS Money Watch
2/13/2012 9:57:45 AM
Nashville, Tenn. – February 13, 2012 – Professors at Fisk University were ranked 19th out of 650 colleges and universities in the nation for 2011, according to CBS Money Watch.
Ranking components include the freshman retention rates (which was 91% in fall 2011 at Fisk), graduation rates, student debt levels and graduates’ salaries. Rankings were compiled by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which also analyzed data from a web-based survey to assess the teaching quality at 650 colleges and universities using students’ evaluations of their professors on a one to five scale in three categories: easiness, helpfulness and clarity.
Forbes Magazine, which listed Fisk University as #135 out of 650 “America’s Best Colleges” for 2011, uses part of the analysis from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity for their annual college ratings list each year.
The 2011 Best Professors List included a large number of liberal arts colleges and universities, which encourages greater collaboration between students and professors because of traditionally smaller class sizes. However, the top 25 list did not include any Ivy League universities. Ranked at 57th, Princeton University came the closest.
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About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and it currently ranks in the top 10% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to Washington Monthly. Fisk is one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) listed in Forbes magazine’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” and has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” publication for twenty consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #144 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation and Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has earned a R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.