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UI earns honorable mention in TIME's "College of the Year" competition
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is one of six colleges and universities
to earn honorable mention in the first annual "College of the Year"
competition conducted by "The Best College for You," a co-publication
of TIME Magazine and The Princeton Review. The college guide praised the UI
as "a top public university that offers cost-effective programs of study
in diverse areas" and "embraces a combination of teaching, research
The TIME/Princeton Review college guide will be on newsstands and in bookstores
nationwide beginning Monday, Aug. 25.
Florida A and M University in Tallahassee won the "College of the Year"
honors. Sharing honorable mentions with the University of Iowa were DePaul
University, Chicago; DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; Trinity College,
Hartford, Conn.; the University of California at Los Angeles; and the University
of California state system.
Here is what the college guide says about the UI:
"A recent book, The Rise of American Research Universities, named
the University of Iowa among the nation's top 'rising public universities.'
Iowa offers cost-effective programs of study in diverse areas, plus a diverse
environment in which to pursue these studies. It embraces a combination of
teaching, research, and service, says former regent Marvin Pomerantz. 'Iowa
has been at the forefront in the nation in identifying and removing old and
emerging barriers to access and in developing innovative remedies to eradicate
"This is an exciting honor for us," said UI President Mary Sue
Coleman. "As we have made clear in our statement of core values, we aim
for accessibility, affordability and quality so that a broad range of qualified
students from Iowa and elsewhere may obtain an excellent education at a reasonable
"We also believe that we have an obligation to prepare our students
for the increasingly global marketplace," Coleman added. "When a
magazine like TIME, with its international reach, singles us out for praise,
that's good evidence that we are succeeding."
Owen J. Newlin, president of the State Board of Regents, was also pleased
that the college guide chose to honor the UI. "We know that there is
an growing concern among students and their parents about the cost of a college
education, but so often those perceptions of cost are based on the prices
for private colleges and universities on the East Coast. It's nice to see
that TIME is dispelling that myth by re-emphasizing that 'value' is a combination
of quality and price and by pointing out that public universities such as
the University of Iowa offer a high quality, affordable education."
The TIME/Princeton Review publication is the third college guide to highlight
the University of Iowa this month. Earlier, Money Magazine included the UI
among its "100 Best College Buys," and last week U.S. News and World
Report rated the UI as the 15th best public university in the nation.
"In identifying a 'College of the Year,' we are not seeking to name
an overall 'best' college but rather one that has demonstrably improved itself
and, in the process, advanced the cause of higher education in general,"
said Barrett Seaman, Special Projects Editor at TIME.
Candidates for the award were chosen with the help of 10 independent experts
in higher education. Members of the panel identified criteria by which to
judge schools and helped identify institutions fulfilling those criteria.
The guide's editors and educational panel deemed the issue of greater access
to institutes of higher education as the most urgent issue in American higher
education today. "With rollbacks in affirmative action and a U.S. population
that will continue to grow more and more diverse in coming decades, we all
thought that assuring access to the greatest number of qualified applicants
was the critical challenge facing colleges today," Seaman said.
The College of the Year educational panel of experts includes: Carole J.
Everett, director of admissions, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City;
Jack Gourman, director of research, National Education Standards and author
of The Gourman Report; Howard Greene, president, Educational Consulting Centers;
Marybeth Kravetz, college consultant, Deerfield (Ill.) High School, co-author
of The K and W Guide to Colleges for the Learning Disabled; Christina Milano,
executive director, Cleveland Scholarship Programs; Marvin Pomerantz, past
president, Iowa Board of Regents and chairman and CEO, Gaylord Container Corp.;
Allen P. Splete, president, Council of Independent Colleges, Dr. Israel Tribble
Jr., president and CEO, Florida Education Fund; Imy Wax, certified counselor
in private family practice; co-author, The K and W Guide to Colleges for the
Learning Disabled; Ed Zschau, professor of management, Harvard University
Graduate School of Business Administration.