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09-17-2011


University of the Cumberlands Admissions Website Ranked Among Top in the Nation

 


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) Admissions department has been notified that its website was recognized in the 13th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI) as one of the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of the nearly 3,000 colleges and universities sites rated.

“We are honored to have our admissions website recognized as one of the leading sites in the nation,” said Sue Wake, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Cumberlands. “We developed our site with the knowledge that potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information. As a result, we have made strides to constantly update our site with the latest tools and information that meet the needs of students and ensure that they can learn about what we have to offer. Both Erica Harris, Director of Admissions, and Jessica Shearer, Cumberlands webmaster, have worked tirelessly at creating this site and they are to be congratulated on their efforts to promote UC.”

MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation’s largest online college planning program. Every summer, its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, less than 45% earned a score of A or B.

“Very few institutions are able to keep up with the rapidly increasing demands of prospective students when it comes to online user experience,” said Don Munce, President of NRCCUA®. “To be rated in the top 100 Admissions websites is a powerful statement that the institution has a focus on the cutting-edge.”

The study grades institutions on a 100 point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year’s study examined 39 different criteria in four main categories: Ability to Find Desired Information, Personal Contact with Admissions Staff and Students, Online Interactive Tools, and Website Design and Navigation.

Additional information on the EPI study is available at www.nrccua.org/epi-report.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees; more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.