U.S. News Names Agnes Scott College One of the Most Innovative Schools in the Country
Agnes Scott College is ranked No. 4 in the country among national liberal arts colleges in the Most Innovative Schools category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges.
According to U.S. News, the Most Innovative Schools ranking identifies “schools the public should be watching because of the cutting-edge changes being made on their campuses.” It is based on a peer assessment survey in which “college presidents, provosts and admissions deans nominate up to 10 colleges or universities that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”
Agnes Scott made its innovative mark in higher education with its groundbreaking SUMMIT program launched in fall 2015. SUMMIT reinvents the liberal arts for the 21st century, offering a unique core curriculum designed to prepare students to be effective change agents in a complex global society. Every student completes coursework focused on global learning and leadership development and builds a personal board of advisors, including a career mentor. As part of a signature course, Global Journeys, the entire first-year class embarks upon weeklong faculty-led immersion experiences to diverse destinations such as Cuba, Bolivia, Croatia, New York and Morocco.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by our higher education peers as one of the most innovative schools in the country,” said President Elizabeth Kiss. “Our faculty, staff and trustees brought incredible creativity and commitment to SUMMIT and it is exciting to see the results. Already, we have been able to attract the two largest first-year classes in Agnes Scott history, with 76 percent of incoming students this fall reporting that SUMMIT played an important role in their decision to choose Agnes Scott.”
Agnes Scott College’s overall Best College ranking was No. 70 among national liberal arts colleges, and the college was also included on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranking No. 23 among liberal arts schools. In addition, the college was recognized for its diverse student body, with U.S. News naming Agnes Scott College to its list of liberal arts colleges with the greatest ethnic diversity. It was also recognized as an “A+ School for B Students,” where applicants who demonstrate “spirit and hard work” can gain admission and succeed.
The U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges guidebook annually. The 2017 rankings can viewed on the U.S. News website.