U.S. News ranks Henderson in top 50

Henderson State University has been named one of the top 50 publicly funded regional universities in the south in the latest U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. The university is ranked No. 42 among the public universities in the south that focus on undergraduate education.

In addition, Henderson State was ranked No. 87 of the south’s regional universities.

“For 125 years, Henderson State has worked to bridge student aspirations to career success by instilling in students the skills employers most want – the ability to communicate, engage diverse populations, solve problems, make decisions and work as members of a team,” said Henderson State President Glen Jones. “Through the application of balanced undergraduate and graduate programs, we are developing well-rounded students who are prepared to succeed at Henderson, and in their workplaces and communities.

“As we continue to work to achieve the goals in our strategic plan, our service to students and the community will continue to enhance the fine reputation of our university.”

To rank colleges, USNWR first categorizes each school based on its mission (research university or liberal arts college, for example) and, in some cases, its location (North, South, Midwest and West). Once schools have been assigned a category, the organization gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence, including retention, graduation and acceptance rates.

“Henderson State’s ranking as a state university underscores how we provide a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society,” said Provost Steve Adkison, chief academic officer at Henderson State. “Henderson State’s three colleges integrate scholarly activities, creativity and community involvement in a nurturing, personal atmosphere that reflects our motto: The School with a Heart.”