The University of Scranton has received national recognition for its commitment to community service and engagement. It has received the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation, been selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and noted as a leading service-oriented college by Washington Monthly. See below for more information on the type of community service The University of Scranton is involved in. See also the University’s Points of Pride page for a complete list of accomplishments in the areas of education, teaching, and academic excellence.
Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
The University of Scranton is among just 311 colleges in the nation to have earned the highly selective Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Scranton is among only 23 Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive the classification.
The Carnegie Foundation recognized the University in 2008 for its success in both Curricular Engagement (the connection of teaching, learning and scholarship to community) and Outreach and Partnership (the extent of focus of institutional resources on community collaboration). To receive the prestigious classification, the University undertook an extensive voluntary application process, in which it demonstrated institutional commitment and support for community service partnerships, as well as documented the impact such programs have had on the community. For more information, read the full press release.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The University of Scranton was among just 115 colleges in the nation, and one of only 17 schools in Pennsylvania, to be named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Launched in 2006, the President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher learning that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. Scranton is among the five Jesuits universities in the nation named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
Universities recognized were selected based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of students participating in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. For more information, read the full press release.
Washington Monthly Recognition as Leading Service-Oriented College
A “different kind of college ranking” – one that measures how well universities are meeting their public obligations of providing research, service and social mobility – ranks The University of Scranton among the nation’s leading service-oriented colleges. Scranton is ranked 14th in the nation among the top 50 Master’s Universities listed in the September/October 2010 issue of Washington Monthly.
The national ranking recognizes universities inclined to “spend energy and resources on encouraging students to give back to their communities and their nation,” according to the article in Washington Monthly that accompanies the listings. “After all, colleges and universities … conduct cutting-edge research that drives economic growth, provide upward mobility to people of humble birth and mold the characters of tomorrow’s leaders.” For more information, read the full press release.