|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||August 27, 2004
||Dr. Sandra Harper, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
(361) 825-2722;Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications,
|Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi makes
U.S. News & World Report’s Annual list of Nation’s
For the fifth time in the past seven years U.S. News & World
Report has placed Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on its list
Best Colleges. The national magazine also recognized the University’s
first-year student experiences program and named A&M-Corpus Christi
one of the top 60 schools in the Master’s Comprehensive Public
Universities ranking in the Western United States.
In its just released special edition on “America’s Best Colleges,” the
national magazine listed 40 colleges and universities that go beyond
mere student orientation and “build into their curriculum first-year
seminars or other academic programs that bring small groups of students
together with faculty or staff on a regular basis.” Texas A&M
University (at College Station) was the only other Texas university to
make the prestigious list.
"We are delighted that the U.S. News and World Report continues
to recognize the quality of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi academic program
and the innovative nature of the first year experience on our campus," said
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sandra Harper.
During their first two semesters at A&M-Corpus Christi all first-year
students are enrolled in the First-Year Learning Communities Program,
which is comprised of selected groups of three (Triads) or four classes
(Tetrads). These groups allow students and their professors to form learning
communities that work and learn together. All the Triads and Tetrads,
which consist of 25 or fewer students, include a First-Year Seminar,
a First Year Writing class and one or two large lecture classes such
as history and sociology.
This is the third year that U.S. News has published its list of schools
with outstanding academic programs that lead to student success. After
identifying eight types of programs, the publication asked college presidents,
chief academic officers, and deans of students to nominate a maximum
of 10 institutions that excel in each category.
The University’s first-year learning experience also received the
2001 Texas Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
in 2002 A&M-Corpus Christi was recognized as a National Institution
of Excellence (one of only 13 in the country) and in 2003 was the only
public University in Texas to be named a Founding Institution of Excellence
in the First College Year. Both honors were designated by the national
Policy Center on the First Year of College.
In ranking the master’s programs regional universities, the publication
reviewed the curriculum at 572 universities in the northern, eastern, southern
and western United States. Like the national universities, these universities
provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. Other
factors in the ranking system are academic reputation, freshman retention
rate, student/faculty ratios, graduation rates, average SAT scores and
high school class rank of entering freshman students.