The University of Scranton Nationally Ranked Among Service-Oriented Colleges

            The University of Scranton is among the nation’s leading service-oriented colleges according to a ranking published in the 2011 September/October issue of Washington Monthly.

            This is the second consecutive year that Scranton was among the universities listed in what the publication touts as a “different kind of college ranking” – one that measures how well universities are meeting their public obligations of providing research, service and social mobility. Scranton ranked No. 36 among the top 50 colleges included in the Master’s Universities category.

            The rankings, which became available on Monday, Aug. 29, measure a university’s performance in the areas of social mobility, research and service. Washington Monthly weighs each area evenly. The social mobility score is based on the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and the predicted versus actual graduation rates, based on an analysis reflecting incoming student SAT scores and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. The research score evaluates each school’s research expenditure and the number of alumni earning Ph.D.s, relative to the size of the school. The service score is based on the following measures, also adjusted for the size of the school: the size of the ROTC program; number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps; the percentage of federal work study grant money spent on community service projects; the number of students participating in service projects; the number of service hours performed; the number of full-time staff supporting community service; the number of academic courses that incorporate community services; and whether or not the university provides scholarships for community service.

             Each year more than 2,850 University of Scranton students perform more than 170,000 service hours. The University of Scranton has been nationally recognized for its service efforts. In addition to the recognition by Washington Monthly, the Jesuit university has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Scranton is also among just 119 colleges in the nation earning the highly selective Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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