LMU named to 2014 Up-and-Comers list

Special to the Daily News

September 18, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The national publication U.S. News and World Report released its annual college rankings Tuesday, and Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was placed on the 2014 Up-and-Comers list.

“This recognition is certainly fitting for LMU. We are an institution on the rise and have spent the last decade growing rapidly. It is nice to see our progress recognized on a national scale,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “It is especially gratifying knowing that this recognition was a result of a survey of our peers.”

The web exclusive category was compiled as a result of college administrators surveyed in the spring of 2013 for the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings being asked to nominate institutions that they thought had recently made the most promising and innovative changes in areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. The colleges and universities that appear on the list were cited most often by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans. LMU earned the same designation a year ago.

LMU was selected as the No. 7 Up-and-Comer Regional University in the south. Joining LMU on the list are Elon University (North Carolina), Belmont University (Tennessee), Christopher Newport University (Virginia), Kennesaw State University (Georgia), Appalachian State University (North Carolina), College of Charleston (South Carolina), Union University (Tennessee), Western Kentucky University and Winthrop University (South Carolina). The complete Up-and-Comers listing can be found online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

LMU also made significant gains in its overall ranking as it moved up 14 spots in the Regional University South to No. 66. Last year’s No. 80 ranking marked the first time the University was listed among the Tier 1 institutions in the south.

The University has expanded from its liberal arts core and now offers advanced and professional degrees in osteopathic medicine, law, business, nursing and education. LMU students run the gamut, from first-generation college students to working professionals seeking to complete their degree to professional students pursuing their doctorates. The university also operates 11 extended learning sites, offering programs throughout the region.

Earlier this summer, LMU announced that it had received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (COE), the initial step in accreditation for the emerging LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine. LMU-CVM is now recruiting students for the inaugural class, which will begin its veterinary medical education in fall 2014.