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Ohio University again ranked among the nation’s best

U.S. News and World Report released its 2011 Best Colleges rankings Monday, and Ohio University continues to be a top public university.

The university placed 60th among ranked public national universities and 124th on the full national university list, making it a Tier 1 university according to the rankings.

"We are extremely pleased to once again be recognized among the nation's best," said President Roderick J. McDavis. "This recognition speaks to our vision to be the nation’s best transformative learning community."

The university's rankings were down slightly from 2010 when it placed 57th among ranked public national universities and 115th on the full national university list. Slight decreases in selectivity (4 percent), the graduation rate (1 percent), and graduation rate performance (difference between actual and predicted graduation rate) of 5 percent help account for the decline.

U.S. News also made several changes in its evaluation methods this year, including placing less emphasis on peer assessment ratings and more on graduation rate performance. They also included ratings by high school counselors and formed a new ranking category called "Undergraduate Academic Reputation Index."

"We are proud that we continue to be recognized as a leading institution that serves students from throughout Ohio, the nation and the world," McDavis said. "We are focused on continued excellence made possible through the expertise, creativity and dedication of our faculty and staff and the talent and commitment of our students."