Lake Erie College ranked as a “Best Baccalaureate College” in the Midwest
For the second year in a row, and only second time in the history of the institution, Lake Erie College has been ranked a "best baccalaureate college” in the Midwest according to the 2010 "America's Best Colleges Guide" of U.S.News & World Report.
To be classified as a "best baccalaureate college," an institution must focus primarily on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, which account for fewer than half of its bachelor degrees. Additionally, a variety of professional and pre-professional subject offerings must be available. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor's degrees. The 319 colleges in this category are ranked within the North, South, East and Midwest regions.
"We are pleased to be included in the rankings for the second year in a row," said President Michael T. Victor. "This recognition from U.S.News & World Report, coupled with other similar recognitions such as being named a ‘Best in the Midwest’ by Princeton Review, sends a positive message and reflects on the effort and progress our institution has made in recent years.”
The annual college guide is based on seven key measures of quality, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance – only for national universities and liberal arts colleges.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. The College offers 20 intercollegiate athletic teams, was recently granted NCAA Division II status and became a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).