ADRIAN, MI — Adrian College has been named a “most innovative school” by U.S. News & World Report in its latest “Best Colleges” rankings.
Adrian College is No. 2, behind College of the Ozarks in Missouri, as a most innovative school in the ranking’s Regional Colleges Midwest category. Adrian College was ranked No. 17 overall in Midwest regional colleges.
Adrian College has been ranked in the top two most innovative schools for the Midwest for two years, and President Jeffery Docking said he attributes that to the college’s on-campus medical clinic.
“We are very fortunate to have partnered with ProMedica (Health Care System) and received financial support from Adrian Steel to build that Medical Clinic right here on campus,” Docking said in a statement. “Not only does it provide health and wellness services, it is also an educational facility for our students.”
The $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot facility was built in 2017 as a collaboration between Adrian College and ProMedica. It houses the health and counseling centers, which offer services like medical exams, physicals, laboratory services, short-term prescriptions, influenza vaccinations and wellness education.
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Adrian College recently implemented a new major and minor in public health, and students in the program will have the opportunity to work in the medical clinic.
The clinic has also helped monitor COVID-19 cases on Adrian College’s campus this fall and used CDC recommended strategies of entry screening and regular serial testing on campus, according to a news release.
At one point, there were more than 160 positive COVID-19 cases on campus, but Docking said last month the college was beginning to flatten the curve. Emily Kist, director of Adrian College’s Student Health Center, said the college was able to prevent a major outbreak by “sticking to its preparedness plan.”
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As of 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Adrian College had 254 total positive cases in students and staff, and just three net active cases. One of those cases was in on-campus isolation, while the other two were in off-campus isolation, the update states.
Adrian College is still conducting surveillance testing for its high-risk sports teams participating in competitions, and ProMedica is assisting students whoa re symptomatic, whether they are athletes or not, as well as people who were exposed to or had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, the release states.
College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked by U.S. News and World Report to nominate up to 15 colleges or universities in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovating improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to the ranking methodology.
The most innovate schools rankings are based solely on the top academics’ responses to the question regarding innovation, which is a separate section of the annual peer assessment survey, according to the methodology.
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