May 7, 2008

Samford Ranks 27th Among National Universities, First in Alabama in New Study

Samford University ranks 27th among all national universities in a new results-based ranking by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) of Washington, D.C.  The CCAP is an independent, not-for-profit organization that studies higher education issues.

Samford is the highest ranked national university in Alabama in the study.  The rankings were released Tuesday, May 6, in a story by Richard Vedder, CCAP director, on the site.  They are scheduled for publication in the May 19 issue of Forbes magazine.

The CCAP rankings are based on student perceptions of the quality of courses and instructors, graduation rates and such factors as percentage of students winning nationally competitive awards.  It also looks at the number of graduates listed in “Who’s Who in America” because that publication includes undergraduate affiliations of those listed.

The organization measures student evaluations posted on, a nine-year old site with 6.8 million student-generated evaluations.

“We always are pleased with national recognition,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland, “because it affirms the work of our faculty, students, alumni, staff and friends in building the strong academic reputation of Samford University.  That this latest recognition is based on research involving our outstanding faculty, graduation rates, student involvement and quality of life makes it even more meaningful.”

Samford ranks just behind Rice University (24th), Carnegie Mellon University (25th) and Georgetown University (26th) and ahead of the University of California-Berkeley (28th), University of Rochester (29th) and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (30th)  in the CCAP listing.

“Clearly Samford does not have the financial resources that the schools near us on the list enjoy,” said Don T. Sandley, chair of the Samford Faculty Senate.  “But, this ranking validates something we have in abundance, commitment and passion for what we do. Students recognize passion for one’s calling far more readily than academics do. I hope this marks an exciting new era in the national profile of this school we love.”

In the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings released last September, Samford ranked 118 of the 262 institutions classified as national doctoral research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It was Samford’s first year to be classified in the national university category.

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