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U.S.News and World Report Names the U of M, Crookston a “Best Public College” for the Eleventh Consecutive Year
August 22, 2008

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (August 22, 2008) – For the eleventh consecutive year, U.S.News and World Report has recognized the University of Minnesota, Crookston as one of the top public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest.

Much of the credit for this repeated recognition lies in the dedication of faculty and staff to student learning says University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey “The Crookston campus has worked diligently to provide an exceptional education and student experience through applied-learning and a technology-driven approach. We strive to teach our students to think globally and to take on leadership roles both in and out of the classroom.

“We offer students the opportunity to earn a world-class degree from the University of Minnesota and motivate and encourage them to become lifelong learners,” Casey said.

This fall, the U of M, Crookston offers students new options in criminal justice, bio-fuels and renewable energy technology along with urban forestry. Recent investments in a new business conference room, a state-of-the-art classroom showcasing the business major; updates to the science labs; and improvements to the women’s locker room will benefit the student experience both academically and athletically. On-campus residence halls are filled to capacity for fall semester, and in turn, a downtown Crookston apartment complex was leased to help accommodate an increase in the number of students.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston’s category in the U.S.News rankings, Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges, is comprised of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts. 
U.S.News ranks colleges and universities in three basic steps. First each school is sorted by mission, and in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each institution for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources and alumni giving. Each factor is assigned a weight reflecting the judgment of U.S.News about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. 

Visit the U.S.News Web site and learn more about the rankings and the methodology.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit