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NDNU Once Again a Top Tier Master's University in U.S. News & World Report

Belmont, CA, August 20, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur announced it has been named to the top tier among western region master’s universities in the annual U. S. News & World report rankings. According to the rankings released Friday by the magazine, NDNU ranked 43rd among all master’s universities in the west region.

“We are pleased to be ranked again among the best master’s universities in the west,” said NDNU Executive Vice President and Provost Judith Greig. “However, we should note that we believe that the U.S. News rankings reflect only a partial measure of the quality of an institution.

“While they do provide some objective guidance for High School students and their parents to begin their search for an appropriate educational institution, the criteria and weightings used unfortunately may foster a narrow view of what constitutes a quality education. What is important to U. S. News may not be important to a prospective student and vice versa,” she added. “For example NDNU places a much higher value on maintaining a low faculty-to-student ratio than U.S. News does.  Moreover, U.S. News doesn’t place much value on at all on experiential learning—giving students an opportunity to apply what they are learning to help local communities solve real problems while they’re still undergraduates, which is a very important part of an NDNU education.”