I was checking out Todd Bolen’s personal blog for the first time in awhile and found a couple snippets I thought I’d post up here.
1. This article was posted on the Jerusalem Post. This is the Elvis Inn, just down the street from where I stayed in Israel. We’d walk there to get ice cream and take pictures with a giant statue of Elvis Presley in the Middle East. Just completely random. The place is just off of the main highway connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and is basically a shrine, plastered with pics of Elvis, t-shirts, food, ice cream, and large statues.
2. Also, The Master’s College ranked 2nd in the west. Read on and I’ll stand off to the side and gloat.
Santa Clarita, California, August 27, 2007—The Master’s College has been ranked 2nd in the West (the top tier) as one of America’s Best Colleges in the category of Best Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2008 Edition of “America’s Best Colleges” released by US News & World Report. This marks the eighth year in a row that The Master’s College was listed in the top tier of Western Region Baccalaureate Colleges. The publication also cites The Master’s College as one of the best values ranking 4th in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices.”
Other rankings were:
· 2nd in SAT Scores of Entering Freshmen
· 2nd highest graduation rate of 61%
· 3rd in Freshmen Retention Rate
· 3rd in Academic Reputation
· 5th in Percent of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students
· 5th in Portion of Freshmen in Top 25% of their High School Class
The colleges are ranked by gathering data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects what US News judges about how much a measure matters. Next, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. The indicators used to measure academic quality are Peer Assessment (25 percent), Retention (20 percent), Faculty Resources (20 percent), Student Selectivity (15 percent), Financial Resources (10 percent), Graduation Rate Performance (5 percent), and Alumni Giving (5 percent).
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