Millsaps earns second-highest among UM liberal arts colleges


Millsaps College is the second highest ranked Methodist liberal arts college in the country, according to a recent ranking by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity based on satisfaction and outcome-oriented benchmarks.

The college, which currently has approximately 1,200 students, is the only liberal arts college in Mississippi to be included in the ranking. Millsaps ranked No. 29 among all liberal arts colleges in the nation based on measurements such as student evaluations, graduation rates, percentage of students winning nationally competitive awards and post-graduate success.

“These rankings reinforce our own findings, that Millsaps is a nationally competitive liberal arts college that is an affordable choice among the nation’s top colleges,” said Millsaps College President Frances Lucas.

“We strive to be one of the best in the nation for developing compassionate and principled leaders and citizens for a global society.”

Another survey shows that Millsaps isn’t just a great place for a top-notch education, it’s also a great place to work. In July Millsaps was named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Among small colleges Millsaps was recognized in three categories: tenure, clarity and process; career development, research and scholarship; and supervisor or department chair relationship.

The survey is the academe’s version of Fortune’s popular 100 Best Companies to Work For issue.

“It is long due recognition that Millsaps College is a fantastic place to work,” Lucas said. “The college has a wonderful, positive spirit.”

Associate professor of history Dr. Bill Storey, who joined the Millsaps faculty in 1999, credits the support from the college community for his success in researching and writing.

“When I left the environment of a large university to come to Millsaps, I was really worried that I might not have enough time for my writing, but the college has supported me in countless ways that allowed me to do more that I thought possible,” Storey said.

Last year, Storey used a sabbatical leave to work on several scholarly pursuits such as finishing his book, “Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa” and starting a new research project on the history of the wine industry in South Africa.

“Support has come in so many forms,” Storey said. “Including grants from the dean’s office to support research travel in South Africa, help from our librarians in finding obscure research materials, assistance from the computer services department in establishing a video-conferencing network and advice from my colleagues who have read and commented on my writing.”