September 13, 2011
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is ranked 14th among 146 peers in the Universities–Master’s (Midwest) category in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, moving up two places in the rankings since last year.
“After being named an ‘Up-and-Comer’ by U.S. News last year, we are proud to move up in our overall ranking,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “We anticipate that trend will continue as we implement changes in our curriculum and experiential learning opportunities for our students. We continue to see a rise in our out-of-state and international populations to foster a diverse campus environment.”
According to the guide, institutions in the Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs while offering few, if any, doctoral programs. Otterbein offers four master’s degrees in business, education and nursing, and a doctor of nursing practice degree. Otterbein recently began offering a major in Sustainability Studies and announced a major in Zoo and Conservation Science for 2012.
This year Otterbein competed with schools from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri for this honor. Peer institutions include Butler, Drake and Xavier universities. The rankings are based on 15 measures of “academic excellence,” which fall into six categories, peer assessment and graduation and retention rates being the most important. Presidents and academic vice presidents are surveyed in the spring each year and are asked to rate their peer institutions (those schools in the same category and region).