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UT Tyler Listed Among Best Universities in U.S. News and World Report

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September 13, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

September 13, 2013

The U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges survey has again recognized The University of Texas at Tyler as one of the leading public Texas universities, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

In the 2014 results, UT Tyler is tied for 22nd among public universities listed in the West region, which includes institutions in Texas, California and 13 other states. The West region is the largest region the publication uses to categorize institutions.

“We are excited to see UT Tyler once again ranked among the best universities in the western United States,” President Mabry said. “We rank higher this year, and we can attribute that to the amazing work of our faculty and staff who strive to make this the quality university that it is.”

UT Tyler rose in the rankings seven places from the 2013 evaluation, which showed the university tied for 29th among the public universities.

Rankings for the survey are based upon graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

UT Tyler’s assessment among peer institutions improved, as did the university’s graduation rate. In addition, the peer assessment score was the highest among Texas public universities listed. The score ranks a school’s undergraduate academic excellence. It is determined by an academic peer assessment survey given to top academics including presidents, provosts and deans of admissions. This peer academic group judges intangibles at peer institutions such as faculty dedication to teaching, according to the publication.

“Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to improve academic offerings, student life and overall quality, while developing innovative teaching techniques that resonate with today’s students. These elements of quality are fueling our record growth. And ever higher rankings such as this let us know our dedication is being noticed on the national stage,” President Mabry added.

UT Tyler also held the best student-to-faculty ratio among the Texas public universities listed. The College Database recently recognized UT Tyler as one of the best institutions for personal attention out of all four-year, public institutions in the state.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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