Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006
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Baldwin City, Kan. — U.S. News and World Report has listed Baker University as the highest ranked master’s-level private university in Kansas in its 2007 America’s Best Colleges rankings.

Baker’s ranking was up two from last year, ranking 44th in a 12-state region. The university encompasses four schools. The College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kan., is for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any of 40-plus areas of study. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies serves working adults at campuses in Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kan. The School of Nursing, that Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The School of Education offers undergraduate courses at the Baldwin City campus, master’s and doctorate courses at SPGS in Overland Park, and continuing education throughout Kansas and Missouri.

“It is gratifying to again be singled out as one of the best by U.S. News and World Report,” said Don Clardy, executive vice president and dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. “We are one of an even more elite group of institutions that has fulfilled a dual commitment to growth and enhancement of academic quality. This has been accomplished by maintaining a focus upon the teaching-learning interaction and offering unique programs to meet the needs both traditional and nontraditional student populations.”

The magazine defines a regional school as one that provides a full-range of undergraduate- and master's-level programs. The ranking is based on several key measures of academic quality, including academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performances and alumni-giving rate. The magazine collects its data from the colleges and several other sources.