TU among nation's top overachievers

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

U.S. News & World Report says TU academics perform beyond undergraduate ranking

Once again, The University of Tulsa is being recognized by education experts at U.S. News & World Report. This time, TU is on a short list of research universities that significantly exceed their undergraduate academic reputation ranking.

“This report substantiates what those of us have known for some time: That The University of Tulsa is an overachiever,” said Provost Roger Blais. “During the past decade, TU has emerged as a research institution capable of competing with the country’s top colleges. We are thrilled with this continued recognition of our recent successes.”

The University of TulsaHere’s the U.S. News explanation of its latest report:
“If a school is doing better in the overall rankings than in its undergraduate academic reputation, it means the school is performing relatively well in the other key academic indicators used in the rankings: admissions selectivity, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation and retention rates. It also means that a school's undergraduate reputation among its academic peers is lagging behind the progress the school has achieved in the underlying academic indicators.”

TU, for example, is ranked #151 through peer assessments but is ranked #83 by U.S. News, which evaluates national doctoral universities on many important criteria beyond reputation. All the top overperformers except South Carolina State University are private schools, and many are relatively small research universities.

Gail Banzet