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Webster University climbs four spots in regional college ranking

Webster University moved up four places in America’s Best Colleges to the No. 24 spot in the Regional University-Midwest category, as ranked by US News and World Report.

Released on Sept. 12, Webster made the largest jump by any Missouri institution this year. Of the 149 colleges recognized by US News, Webster has been ranked a Tier 1 institution for the past decade.

Webster’s study abroad program received special recognition for the second straight year. It ranked in the top two percent of about 1,400 colleges ranked by US News and World Report.

The Webster class of 2011 was also recognized for the fourth-lowest average debt upon graduation in the Regional University-Midwest category.


Webster University baseball team honored by the City of Shrewsbury

The city of Shrewsbury honored the record-breaking 2012 Webster University baseball team at the Sept. 11 weekly meeting.

A proclamation was awarded to coach Bill Kurich along with several members of the team at the Shrewsbury City Center. The 2012 team holds the record for the most wins in a single season by a Webster baseball team with 36.

The Gorloks also won their sixth straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, won their first Division-III Regional Championship and made the NCAA Division-III College World Series — all firsts for Webster.

Singled out for their performances during the 2012 season were senior pitchers Steven Dooley and Cody Hafeli, and  graduate David Mueller. Also senior Cody Stevenson, juniors Taylor Stoulp and Kevin Kojs, and graduate Tom Henke.


State to increase funding for Bright Flight and Missouri Access grants

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that his administration is increasing the potential award amount for the Access Missouri and Bright Flight Missouri college scholarship programs.

The increase per Bright Flight scholarship will be up to $2,000 in the 2013 fiscal year, which is an increase of $200 from 2012. To be eligible for Bright Flight, the student must score in the top three percent of Missouri students on either the ACT or SAT.

Access Missouri scholarships will increase 3 percent in each of its three maximum award levels. Access Missouri is a financial aid-based scholarship awarded to students whose family income qualifies for tuition assistance.

Missouri’s public four-year institutions had the lowest tuition and fee increases in the nation during the past three years, stated the national non-partisan College Board Advocacy and Policy Center.

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