Pitzer College Faculty Recognized for Strong Commitment to Teaching by US News & World Report

Claremont, Calif. (August 20, 2009)— Pitzer College faculty was recognized for its strong commitment to teaching by US News & World Report in its annual America's Best College edition. Pitzer is ranked 17th in this category among 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The publication asked experts, who respond to an annual peer assessment survey, to identify schools where faculty has an "unusually strong commitment" to undergraduate teaching. Pitzer was one of two California colleges to be included in the top 20 of this category.

"The educational experience at Pitzer College begins with a conversation between the professor and the student," says Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College's president, "and the faculty is the heart of the institution. I am glad that we have been recognized for our teaching excellence."

The 2010 America's Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measure of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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