October 2, 2008
Oklahoma Baptist University has been named as the state's top-ranked university in Forbes.com's inaugural listing of "America's Best Colleges." According to its Web site, Forbes.com launched the new university rankings as an alternative to the traditional rankings released annually by U.S.News & World Report. Forbes.com is related to the business and financial news magazine Forbes,
A total of 569 undergraduate institutions are ranked based on the quality of the education they provide and how much their students achieve, according to the Web site. The rankings were determined through a process established by Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Nationwide, OBU ranked 163rd on the list, followed by Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 185th. Other Oklahoma universities making the Forbes.com list included the University of Oklahoma at No. 380, Oklahoma State University at No. 406, and University of Tulsa at No. 515.
"The Forbes.com ranking relies entirely on outside databases and surveys rather than on the involvement or cooperation of the colleges," explained Hana R. Alberts at http://www.forbes.com/.
The full list can be found on Forbes' Web site at http://www.forbes.com/ by searching "America's Best Colleges."