University News Service

U.S. News and World Report announced today the national rankings for “America’s Best Colleges 2009,” placing Howard Payne University in the “Top Ten” of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Western Region.

University officials this is the first time that HPU has been in the top 10.

Tied for ninth, HPU moved up five places over the ranking of 14th in the same category for 2008. Howard Payne University is the only Texas institution to be named in the 2009 “Top Ten” of Baccalaureate Colleges within the Western Region.

HPU also continued to climb in the “Best Value” category of “Comprehensive Colleges — Bachelor’s” in the Western region, to the rank of No. 2, moving up from third in this category last year.

“We are elated with our significant climb in the rankings,” said HPU President Dr. Lanny Hall. “In our planning, we had set our sights on being in the ‘Top Ten’ in the Western Region and it is most gratifying to see this goal realized.

“We are especially pleased to be recognized as No. 2 in Best Value in the Western Region,” Hall added. “This distinction takes into consideration the quality of the academic program and the net cost after financial aid has been applied. We feel strongly that an HPU education is a great value and we are pleased that U.S.News and World Report has validated our belief.”

“America’s Best Colleges 2009” was released to the public at 12:01 a.m. today.

There are 319 comprehensive colleges ranked by U.S.News & World Report within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Howard Payne University is one of 48 schools in the western region of the United States. Like all U.S. News categories, the groupings are derived from framework established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006.

Rankings are determined by taking the following factors into account: Peer Assessment — 25 percent; Retention — 20 percent; Faculty Resources — 20 percent; Student Selectivity — 15 percent; Financial Resources — 10 percent; Graduation Rate Performance — 5 percent; and Alumni Giving — 5 percent.