ALBANY, Ga. -- "Ebony" magazine's September 2012 HBCU Special Edition lists Albany State University as a leader in the categories of "Top Liberal Arts Schools" and "Top Law-Related Schools." ASU is rated as a top-tier school and among the top 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Spelman College and Howard University.
The criteria used to compile the "Head of the Class" article is based on the programs offered, academic demand and institutional stability. The colleges and universities on the list were assessed in five fields of study: science, social sciences, business, liberal arts and law.
"The most important thing I got out of my investigation was how crucial it is as a community that we don't correlate the size of a school's endowment with its importance and effectiveness," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Nick Chiles in a quote carried in the magazine's contributors section.
There is also good news for ASU's graduate level programs. "The Washington Monthly," an independent news source located in Washington, D.C., listed the university's master's level programs among the best in its 2012 master's universities rankings.
Valdosta State University and Mercer University are also listed among the best providers of master's level programs among Georgia colleges and universities.
The publication's rankings are based on the institution's contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
To view the list, visit "Washington Monthly's" website at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2012/masters_universities_state.php.