Name: Jennifer Burt
Once again Southern Utah University stands out above the rest after being chosen as one of the 121 “Best in the West” schools by "The Princeton Review."
The “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” is an honor that SUU has received time and time again, and SUU President Michael T. Benson says this is a great accomplishment.
“To once again be singled out by "The Princeton Review" is evidence of our ongoing success in fulfilling the unique role as Utah’s ‘public-private’ University,” he continues. “Current student and recent alumni satisfaction is a very good barometer of how we are doing.”
Clearly, SUU’s most recent strides to maintain its personalized learning environment and enhance the undergraduate experience are on the right track.
“While we still have improvement and refinements to make, all of us at SUU are heartened by this well-deserved and meaningful recognition,” Benson said.
SUU Provost Brad Cook said this recognition is a great affirmation of the superior work being done on campus and says SUU’s success is largely because of the incredible faculty.
Colleges and universities chosen were picked primarily for their excellent academic programs and then by student surveys. Each college or university is then given rankings in various categories with a score ranging from 66-99. For academics, SUU earned an 81; for quality of life, a 94.
Of the potential impact of the University’s recent work in both areas on SUU’s reputation and prospective students, SUU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephen Allen says, “I think we will continue to get more attention not only from individuals in Utah, but people throughout the country.”
Allen says recent changes in admission requirements has and will continue to allow the University to “create a great learning environment where we have a group of students that are truly ready for college level work.”
SUU Assistant Director of Admissions and Thunderbird alumnus Kirk Blake says he has seen a marked improvement in academia since he was a student. He says instruction in the classroom has been improving and includes more experiential, hands-on learning.
All proof positive that an SUU education is not only a great value, but a sound investment in the future.
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