Dartmouth is profiled in the new college guidebook Colleges with a Conscience, compiled by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education. More than 900 schools were reviewed for the book, which profiles 81 schools with the most exemplary public service programs, on campus and off.
The editors asked organizations with expertise in campus community service to nominate institutions. Evaluation criteria included admissions practices and the availability of scholarships for community service, students' social engagement, student activism and institutional support for service learning programs.
"Dartmouth has an important history of building volunteer and outreach programs that are engaging, meaningful and effective," noted President James Wright. "The students involved in these programs exemplify how undergraduates can wed their academic work and community service in a way that enhances both."
Colleges with a Conscience noted a pervasive culture of engagement at Dartmouth. The College received high marks for providing "a solid education in 'battling the complacency demons,' thanks to an impressive civic engagement program," according to Colleges with a Conscience. Special note is made of the Tucker Foundation, the campus umbrella for community service that involves approximately 60 percent of the student body, the Rockefeller Center, which engages students in public policy debate and awareness and the Careers for the Common Good initiative, which supports students in the pursuit of values-driven career opportunities in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
Robert Franek, Princeton Review Vice President of Publishing, said, "These institutions have administrations committed to social responsibility and student bodies actively engaged in serving society. Education at these schools isn't only about private gain: it's about the public good."
By JOEL AALBERTS
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Last Updated: 5/30/08