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 145 position out of 249 similar schools based on measures of social mobility, research and service. William Jewell was the only Missouri liberal arts college listed in the magazine’s top 150.
“Conventional rankings like those published by U.S. News & World Report are designed to show what colleges can do for you,” the editors of Washington Monthly wrote in the introduction to their latest rankings. “Since 2005, our rankings have posed a different question: What are colleges doing for the country? Higher education, after all, isn’t just important for undergraduates. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they offer students from low-income families the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders. And we all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in public subsidies. Everyone has a stake in how that money is spent.”
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. For more information, click here.
“We are gratified to receive this national recognition of our efforts to cultivate an environment in which students are engaged with their community,” said President David Sallee. “Service has always been deeply embedded in the mission of William Jewell College, and it continues to be one of our guiding principles.”
Sallee noted that Jewell was also recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. William Jewell was the only Missouri college named to the honor roll “with distinction” in recognition of nearly 41,000 hours of service provided by students, faculty and staff.
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.