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Ebony ranks United Methodist colleges among top schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. — Six United Methodist-related colleges and universities were among the top ranked historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) included in the September issue of Ebony magazine. Ebony looked at the "program offerings, academic rigor and relative stability" of the nation's 105 HBCUs and compiled a list of top schools in each of five disciplines: science, social sciences, liberal arts, businessand law.

Ebony says the lists are not rankings of the best schools in each category, but an attempt to guide students' and parents' decision-making by pointing out schools "that do stellar work in various disciplines that perhaps were not on your radar."

Included in the list were:

Top Liberal Arts Schools: Claflin University
Top Social Sciences Schools: Clark Atlanta University, Philander Smith College
Top Business Schools: Rust College, Bethune Cookman University
Top Related Law Schools: Clark Atlanta University, Claflin University, Dillard University

Dr. Gerald D. Lord, who heads the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, agrees that these schools and other United Methodist-related colleges and universities merit a second look from those making decisions about their academic future. "We're building leaders who are committed to making a difference in the world. United Methodist-related schools emphasize community service and social responsibility, as well as academic excellence," said Lord. "Students also benefit from relatively low tuition costs."

"The Clark Atlanta University family is excited about this honor and recognition from Ebony magazine. As one of only two private historically black colleges and universities designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Research University, CAU is proud of our graduates who are making a difference in the lives of people in communities, not just across the nation, but across the globe," said Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown. "A nurturing learning environment and a focus on excellence in teaching, research and service are the hallmarks of our deep-rooted history that is affiliated with The United Methodist Church."

Through the Black College Fund, The United Methodist Church supports the largest number of accredited HBCUs in the U.S. The term reflects the historical origin and mission of the schools and their predominant enrollment and cultural emphasis, although Asian, Hispanic, white and international students are enrolling in increasing numbers.

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