International College Recognized In U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2003 Index
International College ranks third among Comprehensive Colleges and Universities in the southern region with the highest proportion of classes under 20 students. According to the Best Colleges Index criteria, Comprehensive Colleges are institutions that provide an undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs. There are 324 comprehensive colleges in the report, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.
The U.S. News ranking system relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as indicators of academic quality. Schools are categorized by mission and by region. Data is gathered and weighed from each college in seven areas. Colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.
In the 2002 Best Colleges Index, International College ranked third in the nation among colleges and universities with the highest percentage of students age 25 and older. It was the only higher learning institution in the state of Florida to make the list.
The two categories for which the College has been recognized define to the public at large what International College stands for, said the College’s President Terry McMahan.
“We tell people we are a school that focuses on adults learners and received recognition for that mission. We aim for smaller class sizes and have been recognized for that goal as well,” McMahan said. “These rankings validate what we are doing.” The College’s goal is to keep class size between 15 and 20 students. To keep up with growing enrollment, the administration has increased class offerings to maintain low student/teacher ratios. Nearly every classroom is utilized everyday at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses.
“Most of our students are adults. The techniques used for adult learners are easier to administer in a smaller class,” said Jeanette Brock, J.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Individuals will seek out International College, because they want that individual attention, and, they will pay more money to attend a school where they have a teacher they can talk to one-on-one rather than attend a school where they are taught in a class of 400 students.”
The current International College undergraduate Naples campus student/teacher ratio is 14.8:1; the undergraduate Fort Myers campus student/teacher ratio is 14.6:1.
Founded in 1990, International College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Degree programs are offered in 13 fields of study in management, business, legal studies, accounting, healthcare, computer information technology and criminal justice. Class schedules, academic programs and delivery methods are designed for the working adult.