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University lands in Top 20 for 'public good'

University of Redlands lands in Top 20 for 'public good' on 2011 Washington Monthly rankings

The University of Redlands garnered the No. 20 spot on Washington Monthly’s 2011 master’s universities rankings with an overall score of 73. Schools were rated 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
  • Service—encouraging students to give something back to their country

“We are proud of this high ranking for the University of Redlands as it makes clear our commitment not only to assist our students to be critical thinkers but “responsible doers” who are prepared to give back to their communities and make a positive difference as emerging leaders,” said University President James Appleton.

The ranking is a testament to the good service given by University students and faculty each year, said Tony Mueller, director of community service learning.

“Our University is committed to service learning as a part of the undergraduate experience, and we will continue in that long standing tradition. In a town like Redlands, where service is so valued and embraced, the community becomes an extension of our campus and it’s filled with life lessons and good stewardship.”

Over the past five years, the University of Redlands’ Campus Diversity and Inclusion Office has led efforts for the University community to think systemically about first generation, low-income students and issues that may arise specifically for this community, said Leela MadhavaRau, special advisor to the president and associate dean of Campus Diversity and Inclusion.

“The Summer Bridge Program and the STEP Peer Mentoring Program are tailored specifically for this population and students who participate in these programs have consistently shown graduation rates in the high 80-90 per cent range. There are also programs that serve the K-12 population, encouraging low income students to consider a pathway to college. University of Redlands’ students who have travelled this route themselves have organized and designed these programs.“


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