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June 21, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College president attends Annapolis Group meeting to endorse alternative to college rankings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College President Dr. David Pollick was among the presidents of liberal arts colleges who earlier this week formally endorsed the development of an alternative common format to commercial college rankings.

More than 80 presidents attended the annual meeting of the Annapolis Group in Annapolis, Md., June 18-19, where the group announced the new Web-based initiative that will provide easily accessible, comprehensive, and quantifiable data to aid students and their parents in the college search process.  The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges also will assist in the development of the common instrument.

Pollick was among a core group of Annapolis Group presidents who earlier this year initiated the discussion of commercial college rankings and an alternative format to those rankings, which led to this week's announcements and the largest attendance at the annual meeting in recent years.

The Annapolis Group represents about 115 of the nation's leading national independent liberal arts colleges.  The member institutions meet annually to share mutual interests and information that will strengthen their respective educational programs.

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