Erskine College is once again listed among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. For the past several years, Erskine has been placed on the U.S. News list of Regional Colleges (formerly designated Baccalaureate Colleges).
Erskine, tied for the 144th spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges with several other schools, including Gordon College in Massachusetts and Eckerd College in Florida, was in the top five schools when ranked as a Regional College. But Dr. Brad Christie, interim vice president and dean of the college, is pleased with the change.
“It is definitely a good thing to be ranked highly in one’s region,” Christie admitted. “But, generally, it is even better to be ranked highly nationwide, and more of the institutions we prefer to compare with appear in the National Liberal Arts category. The way U.S. News sorts and clusters schools, the National Liberal Arts Colleges are top-tier institutions.”
Opinions on such rankings vary widely in academic circles. Some put a great deal of stock in them, while others entirely discount their value, Erskine President Dr. David Norman said. “It is really nice, however, to see that our faculty are getting the recognition they deserve for the outstanding work they do every day for our students.”