George Fox University received national recognition last week as the U.S. News & World Report released its 2020 rankings of American universities. It was the 32nd time that GFU has been named one of America's best colleges by the publication.
The school moved into the "National Universities" category after spending a number of years in the "Regional Universities" category. This year, GFU ranked No. 246 nationally among the nation's elite universities, which qualified it for the first tier of universities in the ranking.
Princeton is ranked No. 1on the list, Harvard is ranked No. 2 and Stanford is ranked No. 6. All the universities in the top tier were listed according to their diversity of undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs, along with extensive research opportunities.
Rankings and qualifications for them are available at www.usnews.com, where a full breakdown of component information is available. GFU has been on the list since the magazine started ranking schools in 1988.
GFU also made the "Best Undergraduate Teaching" list by the publication, which ranked them No. 61 nationally.
"In a survey of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans, conducted in the spring of 2019, the schools on the teaching list received the most votes for having an especially strong commitment to undergraduate teaching," a release by GFU said.
The university also lauded its appearance in two other categories: "Best Undergraduate Engineering Program" and "Top Performers on Social Mobility." The engineering rankings include schools that offer an accredited engineering major, and GFU ranked No. 75 out of those 210 schools.
Social mobility rankings recognize "institutions that are successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students with Pell Grants," the release said. "The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000."
GFU preps for homecoming
George Fox University is hosting its annual homecoming celebration Friday and Saturday and is inviting alumni to come join the fun. Among the events scheduled are affinity reunions, a tailgate party for the football game, reunions and more.
Three events will take place on Friday. Guests can participate in the university's new Theology 101 Course at 11 a.m., a "Classic Bruins Supper" from 5 to 7 p.m. for graduates of 1969 or before, and a free concert at 7:30 p.m. that includes performances by GFU faculty members.
Saturday includes a pair of campus tours at 4 and 4:30 p.m., a seminar about the university's honors program from 1 to 3 p.m. and an Alumni Association Board meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The second day will also feature a tailgate party for the football game that night against Pomona-Pitzer, which kicks off at 7 p.m.
Individual class reunions will also take place. Classes of 2009 and 1999 will have their reunions from 3 to 5 p.m. and alumni from classes 1962 through 1965 will have a special gathering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on registration and other details regarding homecoming, visit www.homecoming.georgefox.edu.
Day care offered by CPRD
The Chehalem Park & Recreation District is offering two levels of daycare to area parents this fall – one for kids age preschool to kindergarten and the other for kids age kindergarten to fifth grade.
The C.A.R.E. program for kindergartners through fifth grade ages is held at the six elementary schools in Newberg and Dundee and includes supervised games, crafts, enrichment activities, free time, homework time and a snack. It is offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until school begins and from school dismissal until 6 p.m. with snacks provided during the after school time slot.
Registration fees amount to $35 and prices for care vary. Drop-in costs $24 on a school day and $45 on a non-school day. Part- and full-time plans range in cost from $147 to $317 per month, depending on how much time the child will need to be looked after.
For more information or to register, visit www.cprdnewberg.org, call 503-537-2909 or go in-person to the Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center. Information on preschool programs can also be found at the CPRD website.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.