Valparaiso University was recently listed as No. 8 in Affordable Colleges Online's rankings of the top colleges and universities in Indiana for the greatest lifetime return on investment.
"This ranking is a testament to Valpo's commitment to providing an outstanding education to our students that is also affordable and within reach," said David Fevig, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. "We believe any student who has the ability and desire to succeed at Valpo should be able to do so, which is why our undergraduate students receive significant financial support from our endowment and other funds, as well as federal, state and private sources, totaling about $80 million."
The announcement comes after President Obama’s charge to rank colleges in terms of overall value, considering the college’s ability to make student debt manageable and to produce graduates who have "strong career potential when they graduate." Valparaiso University recently announced their graduates have achieved a placement rate of higher than 90 percent for 20 consecutive years.
"The president has made it clear that we need to do better as a nation when it comes to making college affordable," Affordable Colleges Online founder Dan Schuessler said in a press release. "While true, we also need to remain focused on education quality, namely on the colleges and universities with a history of producing successful graduates."
More than 150 colleges and universities were analyzed for the rankings and only 27 made the list. Valparaiso University is included in the top 10, among schools such as the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Butler University.
Affordable Colleges Online identifies an institution’s return on investment by calculating the incremental lifetime earnings of a graduate less the cost of his or her education. The rankings look at college as an investment in a student's future earning potential, while accounting for student debt.
Valparaiso University has been named the No. 4 top master's university in the nation by the Washington Monthly magazine.
The publication annually ranks universities based on their contribution to the public good. Criteria include cutting-edge research and scholarship, recruiting and graduating low-income students and commitment to service. Specifically, the rankings focus on community service hours relative to school size and the number of alumni who go on to serve in the ROTC and the Peace Corps.
Valpo is continually recognized for its dedication to preparing students for a lifetime of leadership and service. Students and alumni participate in service-learning experiences around the world, volunteer in their local communities and are charged lead through compassionate service and intellectual competence.
According to the Washington Monthly's website, the magazine looks at what colleges are doing for the country and recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability. The number of Pell Grant recipients, graduation rates and financial assistance also contribute to a school’s ranking. Valpo annually awards more than $70 million in financial assistance to all students.
Valparaiso University is
one of only three colleges in Indiana to be included in the rankings, and the
only one to achieve a ranking in the top 30.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation of Princeton, N.J. announced today that Valparaiso University has joined its Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program.
The Fellowship recruits accomplished recent graduates and career changers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (the STEM fields) who will teach math and science in Indiana's urban and rural schools. It also aims to change the way teachers are prepared, focusing on a full academic year of clinical experience in real-world classrooms. After their year of master's-degree coursework and clinical preparation, Fellows commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need Indiana school, with ongoing support and mentoring.
"We are delighted that Valpo can participate in this program," said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University. "The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship represents a powerful opportunity both to build on our commitment to serving the community, by preparing outstanding new teachers and to lift up some of our most innovative and important efforts in graduate education."
Applications are open now for Valpo's first class of Fellows, who will begin their master's work in summer 2014, doing their year of practical preparation in secondary schools in Gary, Portage, Michigan City, and East Chicago. Details of the program are available online at the Woodrow Wilson website and the Valpo website.
"The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is proud to have Valparaiso join the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program," said Arthur Levine, the Foundation's president. "We've wanted the University as a partner for a long time now, and we are delighted to be able to work with students, schools, and school leaders in Northwest Indiana. These Fellows tend to be extraordinary people, and we are confident that Valpo is going to provide them with excellent preparation for the classrooms that need them most."
Launched in Indiana in 2007, the Fellowship provides each Fellow a $30,000 stipend to complete the specially designed intensive program at a participating university. Partner universities — which in Indiana also include Ball State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University and the University of Indianapolis — agree to rework their teacher preparation around the yearlong experience in local classrooms.
Five classes of WW Indiana Teaching Fellows have been named since 2009, representing 256 new teacher candidates for Indiana. Members of the first four classes are now teaching around the state, with those named in May 2013 currently beginning their master’s programs. One hundred percent of the Fellows certified to date have been placed, with a retention rate of 90 percent in the third year of the program — as compared with a 50 percent to 65 percent national retention rate for teachers in their first three years in the profession.
Since originating in Indiana, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship has been established in three other states — Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey. Funded with grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. and supplemental state support, the Fellowship has received endorsements from two gubernatorial administrations and is administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s critical challenges.
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