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May 7, 2008

Birmingham-Southern ranks 24th among all liberal arts colleges in new results-oriented rankings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College is ranked No. 24 among all liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation according to a new higher education ranking compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Designed as an alternative to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, the CCAP rankings take into account student satisfaction while in college and success after graduating.

According to Richard Vedder, director of the nonprofit center based in Washington, D.C., the results-based rankings measure student satisfaction with courses and professors, four-year graduation rates, and the percentage of students receiving competitive awards such as Rhodes Scholarships and Fulbright travel grants. Success after college is measured through listings in Who's Who in America.

The rankings were published in the May 19 issue of Forbes magazine and also appear on the publication's Web site at

The U.S. News rankings are based on such factors as faculty-student ratio, admission selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and peer assessment of academic reputation, among other factors.

Birmingham-Southern ranked No. 75 in the most recent U.S. News ranking.

“Colleges and universities have long argued that the only sound basis for assessing the quality of higher education must be sought in measures such as the quality of faculty and coursework, four-year graduation rates, the success and achievements of their graduates—not the quantity of ingredients and the opinions of college administrators,” said BSC President Dr. David Pollick. “It is good to see a serious effort being made to cut to the real heart of higher education's indicators of quality.”

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity is an independent research organization that helps facilitate a broader dialogue on the issues and problems facing institutions of higher education.

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