For the first time, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has been ranked as one of the most innovative schools in the North Region at No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges Rankings, released Sept. 10. Jefferson also was named a best value university and rose to the No. 15 spot in the Best Regional Universities (North category), a vast jump from last year’s ranking of No. 64, thanks to significant improvements in how peers assess Jefferson, as well as the University’s retention and graduation rates, and the quality of education and test scores, among other factors.
“When we made the decision to combine Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University, we set out to be transformational in our approach to teaching and learning,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University. “We were deliberate in our vision that the necessary changes in higher education could no longer be incremental, but must involve bold, strategic and creative partnerships. Today’s news is further validation that we made the right choice, at the right time, to merge our strengths and advance a new model of higher education infused with creativity across disciplines for the benefit of our students, families, alumni, faculty and staff.”
The University’s proven approach to transdisciplinary professional education and its commitment to research, discovery and collaboration is delivering great value to students and uniquely preparing them for today’s careers and those that have yet to be imagined, said Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, provost and executive vice president, academic affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of Sidney Kimmel Medical College.
“Our goal of being a premier professional university and redefining humanly possible is achievable, and this recognition should serve to redouble our efforts,” Dr. Klasko said.