For the second straight year, Silver Lake College has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest.
Last year marked the first time Silver Lake College was included on the prestigious list; it was ranked among a tier of colleges between No. 70 and No. 100.
This year’s ranking saw Silver Lake College move up the charts to No. 66.
“The U.S. News & World Report rankings are an affirmation that Silver Lake College continues to move in the right direction and that our focus is on preparing students for a 21st century work environment,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, in his third year as president of Silver Lake College. “As we advance toward becoming America’s first Catholic Work College, it will continue to strengthen our identity and distinction as a quality liberal arts college not only in Wisconsin but across the country, as well.”
Domes added that the U.S. News & World Report honor also “is an endorsement of our faculty and staff and their commitment to academic excellence and preparing students for successful lives after college.”
According to U.S. News & World Report, its ranking system rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it’s based on researched views of what matters in education.
First, schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie classification, which is used extensively by higher education researchers, has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since U.S. News & World Report’s first rankings were published in 1983.
The U.S. Department of Education and many higher education associations use the system to organize their data and to determine colleges’ eligibility for grant money. In short, the Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in higher education.
Indicators used to capture academic quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.
The indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students.