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Dartmouth is Praised by Princeton Review and Campus Compact for its Public Service in Colleges with a Conscience

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/23/05 • Contact Joel Aalberts (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth College is profiled in the new college guidebook Colleges with a Conscience, compiled by noted education services company The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. Over 900 schools were reviewed for the book, which profiles 81 schools with the most exemplary public service programs, on campus and off.

Chi Heorot brothers volunteer to help roof a house
Chi Heorot brothers (L-R) M.J. Maloof '04, Brian Doyle '04, Brian McCarthy '05, and Zach Erbe '04 volunteer to help roof a house in Grafton, N.H. (photo by MJ Maloof '04)

The editors of Colleges with a Conscience invited organizations with expertise in campus community service to nominate institutions for the publication. The evaluation criteria included three major areas: 1) The college's admissions practices and the availability of scholarships rewarding community service, 2) The level of social engagement of the school's student body, and 3) The college's support for service-learning programs, student activism, and student involvement in school governance. The Princeton Review then collected extensive data about the schools' service programs and policies through surveys of their students, faculty and staff.

Dartmouth President James Wright says he is pleased with the College's inclusion in this publication. "Dartmouth has an important history of building volunteer and outreach programs that are engaging, meaningful and effective," says Wright. "The students involved in these programs truly exemplify how undergraduates can wed their academic work and community service in a way that enhances both. Volunteerism is a vital part of a Dartmouth education."

Colleges with a Conscience gives Dartmouth high marks for providing "a solid education in 'battling the complacency demons,' thanks to an impressive civic-engagement program." 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. Editors observe that through these organizations students have ample opportunity to receive funding and administrative support to pursue service projects worldwide.

Because of these opportunities, Colleges with a Conscience states that there is a pervasive culture of engagement within Dartmouth's student body. Students choose to take alternative spring breaks, which may include volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or in urban soup kitchens. Twenty-five to 30 undergraduates travel to almost as many different countries annually to study with international governments or humanitarian organizations. Funds are also available for students who wish to add service-learning components to their classes.

"A college with a conscience," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publishing, "has both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. Education at these schools isn't only about private gain: it's about the public good."

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