Fisk announced that it ranks as 16th best liberal arts university in the nation on Washington Monthly’s 2011 “ Top Colleges and Universities” list. “We are proud that Fisk ranks in the top 10 percent of the 250 leading liberal arts institutions based on student outcomes in social mobility, research and service,” said Fisk President Hazel R. O’Leary. Fisk moved up 13 points on the Washington Monthly 2011 liberal arts colleges and universities list. Fisk University, Rhodes College and Carson-Newman College were the three Tennessee schools to finish in the top 10 percent. Morehouse and Spelman Colleges along with Fisk and Dillard Universities were the four HBCUs ranked in the top ten percent. “Administrators, faculty and staff work in a sacrificial manner in order to provide the best educational opportunities for our students. I am proud of our team effort and pleased we have received recognition from Washington Monthly…..It will only make us work even harder,” said Fisk Provost andExecutive Vice President Dr. Princilla Evans-Morris. For the complete Washington Monthly 2011 rankings, visit wamo.info/pr/wm_2011_college_rank_preview.pdf
Washington Monthly’s rankings are a composite of three equally weighted metrics : social mobility, research and service. Social mobility calculates the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants as well as the predicted graduation rate versus the actual graduation rate. The research metric evaluates the amount of total research expenditures in addition to the percentage of undergraduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in relation to the undergraduate institution’s size. Service is an evaluation of the percentage of students and staff participating in community and service learning initiatives along with the amount of federal work study funding allocated to support the efforts of the institution.
About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s first university. Washington Monthly ranks Fisk in the top 20 percent of all liberal arts institutions in the nation. Fisk is one of six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) listed in Forbes Magazine’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”. The University has been ranked nineteen consecutive years in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” publication. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #122 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation.
Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several National Laboratories and Corporations. No other HBCU has earned an R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation.