Sept. 14, 2011
Baker is highest-ranked Kansas university in U.S. News & World Report’s Midwest Regional category
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University, founded in 1858 and the first university in Kansas, was the highest-ranked Kansas university in the Midwest Regional category of the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released on Monday.
Baker was ranked 26th in the Midwest. Regional universities were defined as schools that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs. This region includes schools from Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
“We value the trust students and their families from Kansas and the region have placed in Baker University,” Baker President Pat Long said. “Baker has a long history of providing the highest quality education and service to our students. We are committed to developing our students to become leaders.”
The rankings are based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. The magazine collects its data from the colleges and several other sources.