Best of 2012 Web Stories: News
December 20, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2012 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2012 web archive, click here.) Here are the top five news stories, excluding those about the Vice Presidential Debate (to see a list of the top five debate stories, click here):
1. Top Ten Things to Know about Centre College
Posted on 10.11.12, this web story gave the world—including the many media representatives on campus for the Vice Presidential Debate—a glimpse into life at Centre College. This was the most popular web story of the year by far, with over 1,000 more page views than the second-most popular story.
2. New alumni-driven college ranking rates Centre graduates “Happiest in the Nation”
In a new college ranking system called The Alumni Factor, Centre was listed as the second-happiest in the South and #11 in the nation among liberal arts colleges in 2012. Centre was also ranked #2 among liberal arts colleges and #3 among all colleges and universities for alumni giving—a key indicator of alumni satisfaction.
3. Centre establishes partnership with Vanderbilt and introduces Centre Education Fellows Program
Centre partnered with Peabody College of Vanderbilt University to create a program that will allow Centre graduates to obtain a Master’s of Education. Some courses offered at Centre can count as credits toward the education license. “This partnership will encourage effective preparation of future teachers,” said Associate Dean Beth Glazier-McDonald.
4. Norton Center for the Arts announces exciting 2012-13 season
The Norton Center for the Arts consistently delivers exciting and interesting entertainment to the Centre community, and this season has been no different. With such big names as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Huey Lewis & the News, and Yo-Yo Ma performing there in the 2012-13 season, the eyes of the nation remain on the Norton Center stages.
5. Forbes economist calls Centre “one of the finest schools in the U.S.”
Economist Richard Vedder, who helps Forbes Magazine in their annual college rankings, wrote about the benefits of a Centre College education in his “Innovations” blog. “Centre is one of the finest schools in the U.S.,” Vedder said. “Its secret is a laser-like focus on offering a superior experience for students.”
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.