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Campbellsville University among tops in region

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 Campbellsville University’s has remained in the top regional universities in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The University is listed also in the Chronicle of Higher Education as being among the nation’s fastest growing campuses. It is the 16th fastest growing educational institution in the United States from 2000 to 2010.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said of the announcement, “This is further confirmation of the forward movement of CU as guided by our Board of Trustees and affirms one of the basic goals of Vision 2025 – Preparing Christian Servant Leaders, which is our blueprint for the future.

In 10 years, the growth of Campbellsville University has increased 114.1 percent,putting CU at 16th in the category of private nonprofit master’s institutions. Student enrollment has grown from 1,600 in the fall of 1998 to a near 3,600 in the fall of 2012 resulting in record enrollment at CU.

The data is based on a total head count of full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. The categories are based on those issued by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010.

Under the leadership of Carter, who is in his 14th year as president, Campbellsville University has seen tremendous growth as an institution.

CU has produced significant growth in student enrollment and number and quality of academic programs, fundraising success and enhanced campus facilities and aesthetics. CU has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, ranked as a top regional university in the south by U.S.News & World Report, listed among America’s Best Christian Colleges, rated as a Military Friendly School and named a Champions of Character Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Other signs of growth are the newest facilities found on campus which include a new men’s Residence Village housing 48 students; a Chick-fil-A® Express on campus, which is also open to the public; a new coffee/tea area, called Books and Beans, inside Montgomery Library with a patio area outside the building; and the beginning stages of a new entrance to the university called Alumni & Friends Park.

New academic programs have also been added with CU now offering 63 options at the baccalaureate level, 17 master’s degrees and five post-graduate specializations. Several new regional sites have also been added, located in Louisville, Hodgenville, Somerset and Elizabethtown.