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Washington Monthly Ranks United Methodist-Related Colleges in Top 100


Nashville, Tenn. — Ask not what colleges can do for you, but instead what they can do for our country. In what editors call "a different kind of college ranking," Washington Monthly magazine named 12 United Methodist-related colleges in the top 100 2012 baccalaureate college rankings, three others in the top 100 master's universities rankings, and three more in the national universities rankings.

Each school was evaluated on contribution to the public good in three broad 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).

"We are very pleased to see a recognition that education should include character and community building, as well as spiritual formation," said Dr. Gerald D. Lord, who heads the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. "United Methodist-related institutions have a long history of being able to reach thousands of people in their most formative years and give them opportunities regardless of their income, race or gender."

Here are the United Methodist colleges and universities in the top 100 baccalaureate colleges and their overall rankings: 12 West Virginia Wesleyan, 16 Florida Southern College; 31 Iowa Wesleyan College; 40 Kentucky Wesleyan College; 47 Morningside College; 57 Martin Methodist College; 60 University of Mount Union; 61 Ohio Northern University; 69 Huntingdon College; 70 MacMurray College; 77 Adrian College; and 92 Rocky Mountain College. Among the top 100 master's universities were Hamline University (#20), University of Evansville (#36) and Otterbein University (#52). Duke University, Syracuse University and Emory University ranked 26th, 31st, and 76th respectively among national universities.

Otterbein ranked seventh among master's universities for community service participation and hours served and West Virginia Wesleyan College ranked eighth among baccalaureate colleges. Syracuse ranked first among national universities for service staff, courses and financial aid support, while Iowa Wesleyan ranked sixth for baccalaureate colleges and Otterbein ranked ninth for master's universities.

The Washington Monthly editors say in an online statement that they created their ranking system to offset rankings that push individual colleges to raise prices and only cater to the most privileged students.

"The more expensive college becomes, the more students are encouraged to see higher education as a mere return on investment. The students in our best colleges are taught by example and design to look beyond themselves and give back."


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