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Illinois College sees upward trend in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Jacksonville, Ill. – Illinois College has continued to perform well in the latest college rankings. In the annual U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best Colleges edition, IC is No. 38 in the midwest and No. 136 overall in the National Liberal Arts category. 

Illinois College moved up 19 spots overall from last year. Stronger than predicted graduation rates, consistent alumni giving and the college’s commitment to providing faculty resources (class size, student-faculty ratio and faculty salary) were all significant factors in the improved ranking.

“I’m delighted at the increase in the ranking,” Provost and Dean of the College Elizabeth Tobin said. “I believe it represents the fact that the strengths of Illinois College are being recognized across the country.”

A stronger than predicted graduation rate was certainly a strength. U.S. News measures the difference between a school's six-year graduation rate for the class that entered in 2008 and the rate they predicted for the class. Illinois College was predicted to have a graduation rate of 64 percent but had an actual rate of 75 percent. 

“The fact that our actual graduation rate was 11 percent higher than what was predicted just shows how hard Illinois College works for every student and how students who are willing to work hard with us are able to succeed,” Tobin said.

Illinois College receives high marks for service in the 2015 Washington Monthly rankings

In the 2015 Washington Monthly rankings, Illinois College scored high marks for service while improving overall in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category. IC ranks No. 2 in the country in service staff, courses and financial aid support, and No. 6 in community service. Within the midwest, the college is No. 1 in both those categories. Overall, the college ranked 59th in the country and 14th in the midwest. Washington Monthly also ranked Illinois College as one of the top 25 private schools in the midwest offering the “Best Bang for the Buck.”

“Illinois College is building a national reputation for inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world,” President Barbara Farley said. “Nearly 100 percent of IC graduates find immediate employment or graduate school admission because our faculty and staff are deeply committed to providing the knowledge and skills employers and graduate schools seek while encouraging students to engage in the college’s tradition of service and leadership. I’m pleased that Washington Monthly has recognized the incredible value of an Illinois College education.” 

Washington Monthly evaluates each school’s contribution in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The editors of the magazine distinguish its rankings from other college guides by saying, “... this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.”  

Washington Monthly breaks colleges and universities into five types: liberal arts colleges, national universities, master’s universities, baccalaureate colleges and community colleges.

Student Engagement at Illinois College Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

Innovative learning opportunities at Illinois College grew in 2015-16, earning the school recognition among the nation's Colleges of Distinction. Illinois College students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through service learning and numerous internships. 
"Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor Illinois College for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates' lives," said Tyson Schritter, executive director for Colleges of Distinction. "Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educators, and it have proven correlation with on-time graduation as well. Students increasingly demand access to hands-on learning, and Colleges of Distinction congratulates Illinois College for leading the way in the development of new methodologies that prepare students for the future."​

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2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Illinois College joined a select group of the nation’s colleges and universities by earning a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service. In releasing an in-depth report of community service programs at college and university campuses nationwide, the Corporation for National and Community Service praised Illinois College for achieving Honor Roll status.
The Honor Roll serves as the highest form of federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. As a result of the 201​4 report, Illinois College is among a handful of Illinois colleges and universities that have earned Honor Roll status during each of the past eight years.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Illinois College a 2014 Tree Campus USA

Illinois College is a Tree Campus USA for the sixth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support this year.

Illinois College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

2012 College Access and Opportunity Guide

Young people from all walks of life dream of going to college. In fact, eight of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Despite these aspirations, however, students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education or come from low-income backgrounds are severely underrepresented on college campuses.

Illinois College is working to reverse this trend and has been recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity’s 2012 College Access & Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation students make college a reality.

Abraham Lincoln Hall Wins LEED Silver Certification

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded LEED Silver Certification to Illinois College’s newest residence hall, Abraham Lincoln Hall. Illinois College’s new green residence hall is among the first structures in downstate Illinois to achieve this award and was the first college or university building in downstate Illinois to achieve LEED Silver certification.

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

Illinois College has joined a growing network of colleges and universities nationwide that are committed to sharply reducing and eventually eliminating all of their institutions’ global warming emissions, and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The pledge came when Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining the leaders of other institutions across the country.

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