RALEIGH, NC — William Peace University, previously known as Peace College, was recently ranked among the nation’s best in value-added gains in three of the four categories of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a nationally-normed assessment of critical thinking and analytical writing.
The class of 2011 finished in the 87th percentile for value-added gains of critiquing an argument and in the 92nd percentile for value-added gains in analytical writing and making an argument. Value-added gains is the amount of improvement between test scores as a first-year student and as a senior. The value-added scores are a reflection of the amount learned by students while at WPU.
"The value-added gains achieved by graduating seniors in critical thinking during their time at Peace is a testament both to our students’ willingness to learn and to the teaching skill of our faculty," WPU professor Korrel Kanoy said. "For Peace to place among the top 10% of schools nationwide in the amount our students progress in their writing and analytical abilities from the first year to the senior year is very exciting."
Seniors also scored at the expected level of gain between their first and fourth years in performance task, the fourth subscale of the CLA.
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for girls and women from kindergarten to college courses.
Peace College became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program for the first time.
Its mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, meaningful careers, and ethical citizenship. On average, more than 90% of Peace College students are placed in jobs or graduate school upon graduation.