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Loyola University Chicago Professors Featured in The Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Professors Book
Five Loyola Professors Named Among the Best in the Country
CHICAGO, April 13, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago has five of the country’s best undergraduate teachers according to The Princeton Review. The Massachusetts-based education services company profiles five professors from the University in its new book, The Best 300 Professors. Among them are: John M. Janiga, JD, LLM in Taxation, CPA, professor of accounting; Connie Fletcher, PhD, associate professor of journalism; B.M. Lavelle, PhD, professor of classical studies; Kathleen M. Adams, PhD, professor of anthropology; and Jacqueline Scott, PhD, associate professor of philosophy.
Published April 3, 2012, The Best 300 Professors is a project that The Princeton Review teamed up with RateMyProfessors.com–the highest trafficked college professor ratings site in the U.S.—to develop. The book’s impressive roster of top teachers features professors in more than 60 fields ranging from accounting to neuroscience to sport management. They hail from 122 colleges and universities across the nation. A complete list of the professors in the book is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/best-professors.aspx.
“The news of being included on this list came as a surprise, and has prompted me to reflect back on the wonderful teachers and mentors I have had over the years,” said Kathleen M. Adams, PhD, professor of anthropology. “I feel lucky to have the terrific students I have at Loyola, and to work amidst so many creative and inspiring teachers. The list should be far longer.”
The selection process took into account qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com (see “How the Professors Were Chosen” below.). The professors featured in the book are a truly select group: from an initial list of 42,000 professors considered, the final group of “best” professors chosen constitutes less than 2 percent of the roughly 1.8 million post-secondary teachers instructing students at colleges and universities across the U.S. The professors in the book are not ranked (nor are their colleges ranked in this book) but each professor profiled received high ratings from their most important audiences, beneficiaries and critics: the students they teach and inspire.
“The culture of Loyola has so much to do with good teaching. The students here are enthusiastic and giving, and it makes you want to give back to them,” said Connie Fletcher, PhD, associate professor of journalism. “I feel privileged to be in this book, but much more privileged to be a part of, and to teach at, Loyola.”
“We developed this book as a tribute to the extraordinary dedication of America’s undergraduate college professors and the vitally important role they play in our culture, and our democracy. One cannot page through this book without having tremendous respect for the powerful ways they enrich their students’ lives, their colleges, and ultimately our future as a society,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher. “Together with their students who rated them so highly, we salute the Loyola University Chicago professors and each of the other professors we profile for their outstanding teaching. We are truly pleased to recommend them—and the schools at which they teach—to college applicants and their parents who use our resources.”
The Best 300 Professors is one of nearly 150 The Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes The Best 376 Colleges, The Princeton Review‘s flagship college guide. Loyola University Chicago is among the 15 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities that are featured in The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition, published August 2011.
How the Professors Were Chosen
The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com annually collect data from students at thousands of colleges across the country (and abroad) about their classroom experiences and assessments of their professors. For this project, The Princeton Review culled an initial list using its surveys of hundreds of thousands of students that revealed the colleges at which students highly rated their professors’ teaching ability and accessibility. Data from RateMyProfessors.com identified more than 42,000 professors at those schools that students had rated on its site. Combining this info, a base list of 1,000 professors was formed. After obtaining further input from school administrators and students, as well as from The Princeton Review‘s surveys of the professors under consideration, the editors of The Princeton Review made the final choices of the professors they profile in the book. Complete lists of the book’s professors organized three ways (alpha by state/city/college/professor/department, alpha by professor/college/department, and alpha by department/professor/college) are available at www.princetonreview.com/best-professors.aspx.
For more information on this announcement and the professors, please visit www.princetonreview.com/best-professors. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.
About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu). For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.
RateMyProfessors.com is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor ratings site (comScore), with more than 7,500 schools and over 13 million ratings, providing an automated system for quickly researching and rating more than 1.5 million professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The site reaches more than 4 million college students each month.