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Major Publications Declare UC “Up-and-Coming”

Within the space of two months, major publications have used the same language to describe the University of Cincinnati: “up-and-coming.”

Date: 8/26/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822

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Major national news outlets that regularly feature higher education innovations are taking special note of the University of Cincinnati:

Does "UC" stand for "Up-and-Coming"?

  • U.S. News & World Report 
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education

U.S. News & World Report has become the latest publication to describe the University of Cincinnati as “up-and-coming.”

The magazine’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue arrived August 20 with a relatively new category: “Top Up-and-Coming Schools.” On that list is the University of Cincinnati, one of 18 “up-and-coming” schools on the National Universities list.

The complete U.S. News list (for National Universities):

1. Univ. of Md.–Baltimore County
2. George Mason University (VA)
2. Northeastern University (MA)
4. Drexel University (PA)
5. Arizona State University
5. University of Central Florida
7. Ind. U.–Purdue–Indianapolis
8. University of Denver (CO)
8. Univ. of Southern California
8. University of Vermont
11. Clemson University (SC)
11. Emory University (GA)
11. Rice University (TX)
11. University of S.C.–Columbia
15. N.C. State University–Raleigh
15. Ohio State U.–Columbus
15. Univ. of California–San Diego
15. University of Cincinnati
15. University of North Texas

According to U.S. News, these universities “were singled out as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.” The colleges on the list were identified by participants in the annual U.S. News peer-assessment survey.

“For prospective students,” U.S. News says, “we believe the schools on this list offer the reassurance that whatever their historical reputation (or lack of it), they’re firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing today – at least in the judgment of their peers.”

Additionally, U.S. News reports, “many of the colleges and universities in our up-and-coming list also are highly rated by their peers for their strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

The U.S. News recognition was preceded by that from The Chronicle of Higher Education. On July 10, under the headline “How 5 Colleges Plan to Keep Growing in Hard Times,” The Chronicle asked for status reports from officials at five universities.

“The Chronicle reached out to five up-and-coming institutions to find out how they manage their ambitions during tough times,” wrote Chronicle staffer Kathryn Masterson.

The University of Cincinnati was among the five universities selected by The Chronicle as “up-and-coming:”

  • Montclair State University
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Richmond
  • University of North Texas

Why did UC make the list?

“The university, which has upgraded and expanded many of its facilities in recent years, has enjoyed increased popularity as well. Enrollment has grown to 37,000. In 2007, Cincinnati had its first freshman wait list, and this year the number of students who have committed to attend is up by 15 percent,” according to The Chronicle article.

What will be the next publication to refer to the University of Cincinnati as “up-and-coming”?

Well, The Chronicle of Higher Education mentions the University of Cincinnati again in its annual “Almanac” issue, as one of the “Biggest Gainers in Federal Funds for Academic Research and Development.” Not exactly “up-and-coming,” but good news nevertheless.