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U.S. News names Centre No. 5 in the nation for Best Undergraduate Teaching


April 25, 2013 By Michael Strysick and Elizabeth Trollinger       
Best Undergraduate Teaching

Centre College has been named #5 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News has also ranked Centre #5 in the nation for alumni giving and #31 among “Best Values” this year.

The “Best Undergraduate Teaching” ranking places Centre just behind Davidson, Carleton, Grinnell and Oberlin colleges, but ahead of institutions such as Swarthmore, Williams, Amherst and Pomona.

Centre President John A. Roush considers the ranking a testament to the fact that Centre is a place “where great teaching is prized.”

“Our approach to education is intensely personal and deeply engaging,” Roush says. “Centre faculty consistently go above and beyond to offer a truly transformative experience for our young men and women.”

Dr. Stephanie Fabritius, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, agrees.

“Centre College places a high value on excellence in teaching,” she says, “and Centre professors take this charge very seriously. Not only do our faculty engage in discussions to explore new and engaging teaching methods and attend workshops and conferences on teaching, they also frequently take the risk to experiment with new ideas.

“Our faculty also bring their own scholarship into the classroom,” she continues. “In the process, they expand the arena of their teaching space to engage with students in activities such as collaborative or guided research, community-based learning, internships, study-abroad, and smaller group theory and art camps.”

This recognition from U.S. News & World Report is among many accolades Centre has received in 2012-13. Centre was ranked #1 in the nation for study abroad among baccalaureate institutions in the “Open Doors” report, generated by the Institute of International Education. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Centre #23 on its list of the 200 Best Values in Private Colleges.

In a new rankings system this year by the Alumni Factor, Centre was ranked #2 in the South and #11 in the nation among liberal arts colleges, #18 among all colleges and universities, and #1 for the overall happiness of its alumni.

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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.



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