Double ‘value’ talk

As the post-holiday haze begins to clear, we at Btown Banter thought it worth noting a couple of special honors received by IU in the final days of December, capping a busy and bountiful 2012 at the university. (Check out “Year in review: Top stories from IU in 2012.”)

On Dec. 27, IU’s Bloomington campus was named one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The announcement marked the sixth consecutive year that IU Bloomington, which rose one spot from last year’s list to 39th overall, placed among the top 40 public schools in the Kiplinger’s rankings, which recognize public colleges and universities that combine outstanding education with economic value.

The following day, Public University Press, a relatively new organization that evaluates honors education at the nation’s colleges and universities, listed IU Bloomington’s Hutton Honors College among 11 honors programs that have the most “value-added impact” on their universities and are also located within institutions featured in the latest Kiplinger’s “Best Values” report. What’s more, IU was one of only five institutions singled out for raising their average Kiplinger rankings in 2013 and having value-added honors programs.

The Hutton Honors College was recently listed among honors programs that have he most "value-added impact" on their universities.

IU Bloomington’s Hutton Honors College was recently listed among honors programs that have the most “value-added impact” on their universities.

As Hutton Dean Matt Auer puts it, IU Bloomington was recognized for offering what amounts to “double” value added by being a first-rate academic institution at a reasonable cost to students and featuring an exceptional honors college.

“I take away two key points from Public University Honors’ announcement,” Auer adds. “One: The Hutton Honors College adds considerable value to IUB. Two: IUB is on an upward trajectory in ‘best value’ rankings because it offers a first-rate academic experience at a fair price. It’s gratifying to see external recognition of these trends.”

External recognition isn’t exactly new to Hutton. In August, Public University Press ranked Hutton among the nation’s top 10 large honors programs (1,800 or more students) at a public university. That review also ranked IU’s honors program as 18th in overall excellence among the 50 programs surveyed.


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