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Alfred State Named to U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges for 5th Consecutive Year

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US-NewsAlfred State College’s reputation continues to grow as proven by its ranking this year in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Best Colleges report. Alfred State, which moved up two points, is ranked 25th among the top regional colleges in the North. The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,600 schools nationwide, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

"Alfred State College is pleased and proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. John M. Anderson, Alfred State College president. “The results of these measures are proof that Alfred State is one of the finest institutions of its kind in the nation and that the college’s strategic plan works! Our faculty and staff continue to work diligently to maintain the margin of excellence of which we’ve been justifiably proud for over 100 years.”

Additionally, Anderson noted, “The fact that one of the measures used in the rankings includes assessment by administrators at peer institutions indicates to me that we enjoy the respect of our colleagues, and that’s a great feeling.” (In the peer assessment survey U.S. News asks the president, provost, and dean of admissions at each school to rate the quality of the academic programs for schools in the same ranking category, including their own.)

US News has made some changes to the 2012 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. This year, rankings categories have been updated: To sort colleges and universities into their appropriate ranking categories, US News used the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education 2010 revisions to its highly respected Basic Classification. As a result of this latest revision, many colleges have switched ranking categories and some schools have been added to the rankings for the first time. These category changes were the main explanation for the biggest movements in this year’s rankings.

For the first time, US News has included in the rankings all for-profit colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees and are regionally accredited and where eligible to be ranked, if they met the specific US News ranking criteria to be included in the Best Colleges rankings.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its 52 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. While stressing technical education, the College continues to pride itself on maintaining close personal ties among students and faculty. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. Alfred State's reputation for excellence attracts students and faculty from throughout New York, neighboring states, and several foreign countries. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.