Saturday, December 11, 2010

Concordia Ranks #1 in Community Service

Concordia Ranks #1 in Community Service

Washington Monthly Ranks Colleges Contributions to the Public Good

Concordia University Portland ranked #1 for student participation in community service among U.S. universities with master's programs, according to Washington Monthly's 2010 national universities ranking.

New to this year's rankings, the service category measurement reflects both the number of students participating in community service, as well as the total number of service hours performed, both relative to school size. The measure is based on data reported to the Corporation for National and Community Service by colleges and universities in their applications for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Washington Monthly rates and ranks colleges based on their "contribution to the public good" in three categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

On average, Concordia's faculty, staff, and students contribute more than 223,000 hours of practicum, internship, and service learning hours per year, serving more than 10,000 community members, 5,000 of whom are youth. For the past two years, Concordia was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

In the overall Washington Monthly rankings, two of the ten Concordia Universities nationwide - Portland and Chicago - ranked within the top 100 of over 500 institutions, as numbers 87 and 96, respectively.

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