MNU Number 1 in Kansas in Money's Best Colleges 2015-2016

Jul. 13, 2015 - by Carol Best

MidAmerica Nazarene University was named number 1 in Kansas among public and private colleges and universities in Money magazine’s “Money’s Best Colleges 2015-2016” rankings. MNU came in number 4 in Missouri and Kansas. Among private universities in the North Central region of the country, MNU was number 10. 

Ranked #1

 

Dr. Mary Jones, provost, says “This latest ranking is further evidence of the quality of education MNU provides its students. Additionally, our data on student satisfaction shows that the top five responses for student satisfaction (Noel Levitz SSI 2014) are related to excellent teaching and faculty support.  We excel in offering academic excellence and value to our students and families.

Listing 736 schools in the U.S. that “provide the best value for your tuition dollar,” the magazine screens institutions based on graduation rates, educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. A “special value measure” also gives universities a grade that measures how well students performed at each school versus what would be expected given their economic and academic backgrounds and the institution’s mix of majors. In regard to affordability, the factors included merit aid, parent and student borrowing, the length of time to graduate and tuition increases, among other measures.

MNU President David Spittal is pleased with the acknowledgement by Money magazine.  

“Our commitment to excellence is based upon the work of faculty and staff who give their best daily to add value to the students’ experience at MNU,” Spittal says. “This recognition is a validation of their commitment to MNU’s mission and the core values that we work to fulfill as a learning community." 

A new article by Jeffery Selingo in the Washington Post touts the list's methodology in making its rankings.

"Given the relative youth of Money’s list, it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the one from U.S. News, but it should. Money tries to crack the code on answering the ROI question, and of all the rankings out there, comes the closest."

For more information about more than 40 programs of study as well as adult degree completion and graduate programs at MNU, visit www.mnu.edu

 

 

 

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