A recent survey by U.S. News & World Report on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) ranked Dillard seventh out of 81 HBCUs in the country.
Dillard moves up two notches based on last year’s report where the educational institution placed ninth. Today, the university shares the top ten spotlight with Claflin University of Orangeburg, South Carolina ~ both are tied.
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has produced a ranking of undergraduate education at HBCUs. The colleges were compared only with one another for these rankings, using a special peer survey among only HBCUs.
In order to be on this rankings list, a school must be currently designated as an HBCU by the U.S. Department of Education, a status created as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Additionally, the college must be a baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must also have been part of the U.S. News & World Report 2009 America’s Best Colleges’ rankings.
In almost all cases, if an HBCU was “Unranked” in the 2009 America’s Best Colleges’ rankings, it was also listed as “Unranked” in these HBCU rankings. In total, there were 81 black colleges and universities eligible to be ranked, and 11 of those were “Unranked.”
In the spring of 2008, U.S. News conducted its second-ever peer survey among only the historically black colleges and universities, asking the president, provost, and admission dean at each HBCU to rate the scholarship and quality of all other HBCUs they were familiar with.
In addition to this peer survey, U.S. News & World Report gathered statistical data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, the same data used in their 2009 America’s Best Colleges’ rankings.
Each factor was assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News & World Report’s judgment about how much a measure matters.
“CONGRATULATIONS DILLARD UNIVERSITY!”