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Iowa Wesleyan College receives national ranking

Oct 22, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan College has been ranked as one of the top colleges in the country for its contribution to the public good.

The Washington Monthly ranked 352 colleges offering bachelor’s degrees. Iowa Wesleyan ranked sixth overall in institutional commitment to service, placing it in the top 2 percent nationally. The college ranked 18th nationally in the category of student service participation and hours served, placing it in the top 6 percent of colleges.

In explaining the emphasis on service in its rankings, the magazine noted “students at our best colleges are taught by example and design to look beyond themselves and give back.”

Ratings were based on contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.

Social mobility ranks college on the enrollment and graduation of low-income students. Research recognizes research production, particularly at schools whose undergraduates go on to earn PhDs. The service category includes the number of students who serve in ROTC, the number of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps and federal work-study funds spent on service, as well as the student service participation and institutional commitment to service through staffing, courses and financial aid support.

Iowa Wesleyan ranked 31st overall for baccalaureate colleges, placing it in the top nine percent nationally.

“There are many college ranking systems, but this one focuses on how well colleges serve not just students, but the public good,” said Iowa Wesleyan College President Jay Simmons. “Iowa Wesleyan’s achievement as one of the top colleges in the country in such a measure recognizes our long-standing commitment to service and to meeting the needs of a wide variety of students.”

For more than 40 years, all Iowa Wesleyan students have participated in service projects. More recently, service-learning has been built into the curriculum, increasing the variety of service projects each student is involved in while linking service with academic course content.

The Washington Monthly is a publication covering politics, government, culture and the media. It has been publishing its college rankings since 2005.

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