Washington Monthly magazine has named William Jewell College to its list of nationally ranked liberal arts colleges that contribute to the public good. Jewell claimed the number 89 position out of 252 similar schools based on measures of social mobility, research and service. The College was the highest ranked institution in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“Calling attention to these service-oriented schools is one of the reasons this magazine got into the college-ranking business in the first place,” the editors of Washington Monthly wrote in the introduction to their 2010 College Rankings issue published August 23. “When we published our first ranking in 2005, the idea was to upend the traditional notion of a college guide. Instead of asking what a college could do for you, we asked, ‘What are colleges doing for the country?’ ”
The magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, which involves recruiting and graduating low-income students; research, which is indicated by the amount of cutting-edge scholarship produced and the number of graduates who pursue advanced degrees; and service, which involves measures of students who “give back” to their country. Read the online article for more information on the magazine’s methodology.
“Service has always been deeply embedded in the mission of William Jewell College,” said President David Sallee. “We are gratified to receive this national recognition of our efforts to cultivate an environment in which students are engaged with their community.” Sallee noted that Jewell students, faculty and staff provided more than 41,000 hours of service during the 2009-2010 academic year.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.