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Forbes.com Picks Doane as Nebraska's Top College and 66th in the Nation

Doane Makes Forbes.com's ‘Best Buy' Top 100

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For the second year in a row, Doane College is the No. 1 college in the state and among the top 11 percent of undergraduate colleges and universities nationwide, according to Forbes.com's rankings of America's Best Colleges.

Doane placed 66th nationally on the Forbes' rankings released Aug. 5 and made its top 100 in the "America's Best College Buys" category, ranked at 95. (Forbes.com does not divide institutions by categories or size.)

Meant to "offer an alternative" to U.S.News &World Report's annual college guide, Forbes.com ranked 600 institutions based on the quality of the education they provide and how much their students achieve.

It's rewarding to be recognized by Forbes' student-focused rankings, said Doane President Jonathan Brand.

"There is no better judge of quality than students," he said.

In the current economy, the Best College Buy recognition is equally rewarding, he said. It comes in a year when Doane has strategically balanced tightening budgets while investing in student services such as a new Recreation and Athletic Center.

"We want to continue to offer a great education at a great price."

The Forbes.com rankings were completed in conjunction with an economist from Ohio University and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Criteria includes graduation rate, the number of national and global awards won by students and faculty, students' satisfaction with their instructors, average debt upon graduation, and postgraduate vocational success as measured by a recent graduate's average salary and alumni achievement. To produce the Best Buy ranking, Forbes divided schools' quality score by its average net tuition rate from two previous academic years.

At No. 66 overall, Doane placed highest among Nebraska institutions - followed by Nebraska Wesleyan (87), Hastings College (160), UNL (463) and Creighton University (498).

Doane is among only 23 schools placing in the top 100 of both the Best College and Best Buy categories.

Doane also finished strong in two other Forbes.com' categories: In America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Doane ranked 44th out of 196 colleges nationwide and was the top Nebraska liberal arts college. In the Best Colleges in the Midwest section, Doane's No. 12 ranking was also the highest in Nebraska.

For more information or to see a complete list of rankings go to: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/94/colleges-09_Americas-Best-Colleges_Rank_24.html.