Emory & Henry is among the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation that are most committed to community service, according to a ranking by USA Today.
Emory & Henry ranks 14th on the list, which was posted June 15 on USAToday.com. Topping the list was Eastern Connecticut State University followed by Stanford University. Emory & Henry was the only Virginia school to make the list.
The ranking follows on the heels of an announcement made by the Obama administration that Emory & Henry was named one of 11 finalists for the 2010 President’s Award, the highest federal recognition for community service given to a college or university. Last year, Emory & Henry was one of six institutions to win the award.
USA Today is the third national news publication to recognize Emory & Henry for its commitment to community service and service learning. Last year, Newsweek magazine ranked it among the top five colleges and universities nationally for community service. In addition, Washington Monthly, while ranking it among the top 30 liberal arts institutions in the nation, praised the college for its commitment to service.
“We are proud to once again receive national affirmation of our commitment to service, which is at the foundation of the high-quality academic tradition at Emory & Henry,” said E&H President Rosalind Reichard.
The ranking is one more validation of the unique E&H approach to service learning, Reichard said. “At Emory & Henry, service is not merely about addressing needs in the community, but it is about applying our minds and energies to the sources of those needs.”
Other institutions to make the top 20 are St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (3), The California State University in Long Beach (4), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (11) and Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. (13).