National Distinctions "Points of Pride" for EKU

Eastern Kentucky University has achieved national distinction on numerous fronts in recent years.

Several well-known national publications rank EKU among the nation’s best for academic excellence, as a place to work, and for its services to military veterans, among other reasons.

EKU is the only college or university nationwide that can claim all the following “Points of Pride”:

·         Top tier of regional universities in the South, 2011 and 2012 editions of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News Media Group. Criteria include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

·         Ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” for four consecutive years by Forbes magazine. Because Forbes recognizes 650 undergraduate institutions among the approximately 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions nationwide, this ranking essentially places Eastern among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. Forbes bases its rankings on quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and levels of debt.

·         No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings the last two years, respectively, in “Best for Vets” rankings published by Military Times EDGE magazine.

·         Recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine each of the last four years as a Military Friendly School. In 2010, EKU unveiled Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful. Also, Eastern is one of only 14 universities nationwide to participate in the Pat Tillman Military Scholars Program.

·         Recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for its engagement with the community and region. Only approximately 230 colleges and universities were honored.

·         Among 10 large four-year colleges and universities nationwide, and the only large institution in Kentucky, to make the Honor Roll in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Great Colleges to Work For program. Among four-year colleges and universities with enrollment of at least 10,000, EKU earned recognition in 11 of 12 possible categories, the most of any large four-year institution. The categories are: Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Tenure Clarity and Process, Facilities/Workspace/Security, Work/Life Balance, Compensation/Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Respect/Appreciation, Collaborative Governance, Confidence in Senior Leadership and Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship. (The previous year, EKU earned Honor Roll distinction with recognition in five categories.)

Published on January 20, 2012

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