News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: Rose-Hulman does it right

For 15 straight years, local college rated the best

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Fifteen years ago, when Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology first was recognized as being the top undergraduate engineering school in the nation, the “wow” factor was evident everywhere you went in the community. People always suspected something very special was happening on the picturesque hill on Terre Haute’s east side, but they didn’t know how special.

The “wow” factor has certainly not diminished a decade and a half later. Now, however, it comes laced with amazement that the institution of higher learning has kept up its lofty status through the years and built on its stellar reputation for educating and training the best of the best in the world of engineering.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 college guidebook rankings of colleges was released again this week, and Rose-Hulman is again at the top of the class. And to that, we again say “wow.” But we’re certainly not surprised. Fifteen consecutive years does take a bit of the surprise out of the rankings. Still, it’s an accolade no one will ever take for granted. There are other great engineering schools out there that would love to dislodge Rose-Hulman from its perch. It’s never easy being the best.

Rather than resting on its laurels, Rose-Hulman keeps getting better. On top of its undergrad engineering degree rating, it earned the No. 1 ranking in individual programs, including chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

New Rose-Hulman President James C. Conwell got his first taste of being at the college’s helm when the prestigious rankings are released. He was understandably pleased. “It’s certainly another red-letter day in our grand history at Rose-Hulman,” Conwell said.

Achieving such high regard over such a long period of time does not happen just by accident. It’s comes as a result of great commitment and collaboration of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the administration.

Rose-Hulman has always been quick to share the good news with the community, and we applaud the college for its continuing emphasis on excellence as well as its willingness to be an integral part of Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.

Congratulations to Rose-Hulman for its 15 years on top. It is a crown jewel that makes our community proud.