Freed-Hardeman University has maintained its place in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings released Wednesday, Sept. 12. FHU placed 39th in the “Best Regional Universities—South” category. FHU has been a top tier school for the past 12 years.
“Freed-Hardeman University has an excellent corps of teachers who care about their students. I believe that is the foundation for a high quality education,” FHU President Joe Wiley said. “In addition, the university fosters opportunities to expand learning outside the traditional classroom through the use of technology and travel. We seek to challenge the very able student while still providing help for those who need it.”
“We are certainly honored that U.S. News and World Report has again recognized the quality of our FHU academic experience. We believe the FHU experience presents a tremendous opportunity for students who want to join a dynamic academic community,” Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU vice president for academics, said.
Mark Scott, vice president for innovation and technology, believes the iKnow initiative contributes to the university’s achievement ranking. An iPad program began this fall for incoming freshmen. The device allows for complete interaction with faculty, students, and content.
The America’s Best Colleges report looks at the nation’s schools based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, percentage of faculty who are full-time, student-faculty ratio, ACT/SAT scores, student selectivity and alumni giving rate. A regional university, according to the report, provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs, while offering a few doctoral programs.
The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook is available online and on newsstands.