LYNDON CENTER -- Vermont's Lyndon State College has been recognized as a top regional public college in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best Colleges directory, published online on Sept. 13.
The list ranks Lyndon as 15th in the northern region. The survey divides the U.S. into four regions and defines regional colleges as schools that focus on undergraduate education, but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Vermont Technical College (VTC), one of Lyndon's "sister" schools in the Vermont State College system, was the only other public college in Vermont to make the list of 15 Top Regional Public Colleges.
In a message to the college community, interim president Steve Gold noted, "This is a wonderful tribute to the extraordinary work that all members of this college community do day in and day out." He also extended his congratulations to VTC and President Philip Conroy.
According to the magazine's website, the influential list of rankings rates over 1,600 schools based on up to 16 key measures of quality falling into seven broad categories: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources (for example, class size); student selectivity (for example, average admissions test scores of incoming students); financial resources; alumni giving; and, only for national universities and national liberal arts colleges, graduation rate performance and high school counselor undergraduate academic reputation ratings.