TLU tops U.S. News 2013 Best Value in the West List and Ranks Third for Best Regional College


Texas Lutheran University is at the top of this year’s U.S. News Best Colleges rankings among colleges in the Western region, ranking third overall, and first on the list for Best Value. 

“This recognition highlights two great messages: TLU delivers outstanding quality, at a cost that is affordable. Everyone familiar with TLU already knows that our faculty and staff deliver a consistently superior educational experience and the value of a TLU degree commands great respect in the market,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “The fact that TLU ranks first as the Best Value among western colleges is especially welcome news to students and parents who are focused on value in this difficult economy.” 

Rankings are based on data collected by U.S. News in several categories, including academic reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty resources, retention, graduation rates and alumni support. U.S. News then ranks colleges and universities in classifications based upon region and classification. 

TLU earns the No. 1 spot in the West for Best Value based upon its high overall ranking combined with modest net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. According to U.S. News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.


TLU Named a "2012 Great College to Work For"
Texas Lutheran University is one of the nation’s great colleges to work for according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. These results, based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges, are featured in the Chronicle’s fifth annual report on the Academic Workplace.
 
Only 103 of the 294 universities surveyed received “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. In its first year of participation, TLU won honors in three categories: collaborative governance, supervisor and department chair relationship and confidence in senior leadership.
 
“Our campus culture is one of our most important assets so beginning last year, we set a goal to become a Great College to Work for,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “That became a priority and we are proud to have achieved that recognition on our first year of participation. A campus that is a great place to work for is also a great place for students.”
 
As the nation’s premier source of news about colleges and universities, The Chronicle recognizes the outstanding workplace and innovative educational experiences of the institutions selected in the Great Colleges program. Survey results were based upon a two-part assessment process including an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies from each university, as well as a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether a college received the Great College title was employee feedback.
 
“While we celebrate this recognition, we’re also using this as a feedback tool to continue to improve our workplace environment.” Dorsey said. “We want to make TLU an even better place to work and study.”
TLU Listed on San Antonio Express-News' Top Workplaces 2012
TLU is a 2012 San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace. The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey. The Express-News had 126 companies participate in the program and 80 were selected for the Top Workplaces award including TLU.

TLU Recognized for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education recently honored the nation’s leading colleges and universities, students, and faculty members, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning.

Texas Lutheran University was admitted to the Honor Roll for its work in creating a campus culture of service that revolves around being an active and responsive partner with the City of Seguin.