College ranks 13th in schools valuing undergraduate teaching
I just spent the entire day Friday with College Board of Visitors. This dedicated group of more than 50 Alumni, Parents and Friends of the College were engaged with presentations by Associate Dean Randy Rogan on Academic Planning and Provost Rogan Kersh on Gen Y: Field Guide. (Gen Y being the ‘generational traits’ of college bound 16-24 year olds of today). Our College Board Volunteers offered their insights and the discussions made richer with the most recent US News and World Report rankings earlier in the week. Overall, the University was ranked 27th. Most important to the College and our Board of Visitors was our #13 rank in a category that is most relevant: schools at which the faculty demonstrate an unusually strong “commitment to undergraduate teaching.” According to US News and World Report, these are the schools “whose faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.” This sounds exactly like the Wake Forest College experience that I know and love as the Dean of the College. With the commitment to high quality teaching that I see our faculty demonstrate on a daily basis, and illustrated in the teaching web site (http://teaching.wfu.edu/). it is not surprising to see Wake Forest highly ranked by US News. You can view the entire report on rankings at: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/undergraduate-teaching.