Case Western Reserve University
Ranked Ohio's Best in U.S. News Rankings
for 14th Consecutive Year


Case Western Reserve University remains the only Ohio institution among the nation's top 50 national universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

The university ranks 41st in the publication's annual "America's Best Colleges 2010" undergraduate rankings released today. Case Western Reserve also ranked 41st last year, but this time improved its overall score by one point (to 60, out of 100).

Case Western Reserve continues to be the top-rated university in Ohio and has led all Ohio institutions in national and state rankings for 14 consecutive years.

"We are pleased to have seen growth in some of the categories used to calculate our overall ranking," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "I am confident that the strategies we are pursuing to enhance our research and teaching will yield greater progress in the years to come."

Several individual programs at Case Western Reserve also rank among the nation's top 50. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services (ITS) is completing a project to upgrade the existing Call Manager system to a new vendor release version. The conversion to the new Call Manager system will take place at midnight, August 21. There will be brief and intermittent phone outages throughout the upgrade from 12:01 to 6 a.m. on August 21. As a result, some users may experience an incorrect message indicator on their phones on Friday morning. Users are being asked to check their voicemail and look at their e-mail to see if there is a message waiting for their retrieval. Campus community members are being asked to send reports of problems to the Help Desk by calling 368-HELP.

The Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program is seeking qualified candidates to apply for an innovative career development program designed to train clinician investigators. The program is designed to train the nation's future leaders in clinical and translational research. Applications are being accepted for the July 2010 program. The deadline is October 23.

College Scholars Program (CSP) update: Bradley Ricca, Department of English, and Jerry Piven, Department of Philosophy, have joined as faculty members. Jeffrey Zabinski is serving as a graduate teaching assistant, while Andrew Jenkins, a CSP undergraduate, is the research assistant.

The quad level entrance to the Sears building will be closed until 7 p.m. tonight. Contractors are replacing the canopy roof. The building is accessible from the quad through the Nord and Wickenden entrances. Contact Customer Service for Facility Operations at 368-2580 or by e-mail with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the "Week of Wellness" through Friday, August 21. Hosted by 1-2-1 Fitness Center and Weatherhead Wellness, several events are still available.

For Students


Applications are being accepted for short term study abroad through the Department of Bioethics' International Education programs. Courses are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Students can earn three credits. Courses will be held in Costa Rica during winter break; Spain, The Netherlands, France, and Argentina during spring break; and Spain during the May Term. Contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 25. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn more about the center, enjoy free food, and meet others from campus and the center's staff. Call 368-0985 for more information.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

August 20, 2009

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to:

Case in the News

U.S. News & World Report college rankings out today; counselors say such lists only a starting point

The Plain Dealer, August 20, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is the top-ranked Ohio university on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities.

Cleveland synchrotron biosciences center receives $4 million grant

MedCity News, August 19, 2009
The Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences at Case Western Reserve University has received a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant to continue its work helping researchers investigate proteins and other molecules that could lead to designer drugs.

White House hints at willingness to drop public plan

MedPage Today, August 16, 2009
The White House dropped several hints over the weekend that it may be willing to drop the divisive public health insurance plan from its healthcare reform initiative. Joseph White, public policy professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Max Mehlman: "The Price of Perfection"

The Diane Rehm Show, August 19, 2009
Maxwell Mehlman, co-director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, discusses his new book, The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement.

Is the U.S. entrepreneurial self-image skewed?, August 19, 2009
Experts agree that the United States has a proportionally low number of small businesses and rate of self-employment, but they disagree as to why. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Fewer than half of families paid for undergraduate education with loans this past year, survey finds

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 19, 2009
Nearly three of five families did not borrow any money to pay for college in the 2008-9 academic year, according to a survey by Sallie Mae and Gallup.