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Dartmouth Tops Ranking for Teaching

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U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2010 rankings included a new category for Best Undergraduate Teaching—with Dartmouth placed first among national universities.

Diana Abouali

Diana Abouali, assistant professor of Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures, teaching “Introduction to Arab Culture” in summer 2009. Dartmouth’s dedication to teaching was recognized with a #1 placing in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 rankings for Best Undergraduate Teaching. (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

In introducing this new ranking category, the magazine explained, “The schools on these lists are noted by college administrators as paying a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.”

President Jim Yong Kim says, “I am particularly pleased to see that in its first ranking of ‘Strong Commitment to Teaching,’ U.S. News and World Report has ranked Dartmouth first—a most appropriate ranking, considering the long-standing dedication of our faculty to providing the very best in teaching. That commitment includes leadership in helping create and share new knowledge, which at Dartmouth means getting undergraduates involved in faculty research work as well as providing top-quality classroom instruction.”

The U.S. News and World Report entry on Dartmouth notes that, “With its world-class faculty and facilities, and nationally and internationally renowned graduate programs in engineering, business, medicine, and the arts and sciences, the school has resources that very few universities can match. In addition, by maintaining a highly flexible quarter-system calendar, and allowing only faculty to teach its undergraduate courses, Dartmouth assures that students have complete and timely access to all that the institution has to offer.

“The professors at Dartmouth are among the leaders in their fields, yet they remain fully committed to teaching. Even the most senior professors teach first-year courses. Recipients of more than $160 million in annual research grants and consistently ranked among the most respected teachers in American higher education, Dartmouth professors are true exemplars of the phrase teacher-scholar.”

In the magazine’s overall rankings, Dartmouth placed 11th among the best national universities.

Last Updated: 1/11/10