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St. Andrews ranked among best colleges

Laurinburg, N.C. – St. Andrews has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South.

In addition to earning top tier recognition in the South from U.S. News, responses by St. Andrews seniors to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) placed the College in the top 10 percent nationally on four key benchmark categories: Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, and Supportive Campus Environment.

“The faculty and staff at St. Andrews work diligently to provide a high quality education for our students,” said Paul Baldasare, president of the college. “To see that effort recognized year after year by the U.S. News and NSSE is gratifying.”

This is the first year that U.S. News has used the official Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to reduce confusion. According to this classification, “these schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”

A change was also made to the ranking system methodology, giving more weight to the graduation rate performance in the final score. Other factors measured include undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and freshman retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The results of the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) have just been released to higher education institutions. This prestigious annual survey presents data from more than half a million students in 751 institutions in the United States and Canada who filled out an extensive questionnaire asking them to rate their educational experiences.

"Our seniors ranking us so highly in four benchmark categories is a clear indication of why St. Andrews is in the top tier among regional colleges and universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Baldasare. “Our students feel that they are challenged academically to do their best work. They appreciate the willingness of faculty members to work with them outside the classroom. They see themselves as active learners collaborating with both other students and their professors, not just passive listeners in mega-size classes so common at other schools.

“And they recognize that professors do not simply make demands; but that the whole campus provides a supportive and encouraging environment dedicated to helping them succeed.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that St. Andrews seniors have ranked their educational experience so highly in the NSSE benchmark categories.

“We have made a concerted effort to meet the academic needs of our students through our innovative general education curriculum while also creating programs outside the classroom to develop the whole person,” said Baldasare. “Our greatest satisfaction comes from watching our students move from incoming freshmen to successful alumni in leadership roles in their chosen professions serving the larger communities in which they live and work.”

The 2012 edition of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com and will be available on newsstands Sept. 20. The annual list has included St. Andrews every year since 1996.

St. Andrews was also recently recognized in the 2012 Military Friendly Schools listing compiled by G.I. Jobs and published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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