Warren Wilson College’s pioneering Service Program has received another national recognition for its work in preparing students for effective community engagement.
Newsweek has selected Warren Wilson as No. 3 on its nationwide list of “Most Service-Oriented” colleges and universities. In a feature titled, “The Best Colleges for You,” the magazine calls the institutions “the top schools in the nation for encouraging students to give back to the community and spend time in selfless service.”
Newsweek described its rankings methodology as follows:
“To rank the schools and the students that put the most into giving back, Newsweek partnered with Washington Monthly, [which] scoured an exhaustive amount of data to rank universities based on ‘their contribution to the public good.’ Combining data on national and liberal arts schools, Newsweek and Washington Monthly determined which colleges have the most service-minded students, faculty, and policies….”
Warren Wilson Dean of Service Cathy Kramer said, “We are very pleased with our third-place ranking in Newsweek. With service as part of our educational Triad of academics, work and service, we firmly believe that experience in the community not only prepares students for a life of civic engagement, but also enhances their academic learning.
“We appreciate the recognition that Warren Wilson is a place where we value students making a difference in the broader community through their actions. This is a wonderful reflection on our program that offers students extensive service opportunities and on the very special students that come to Warren Wilson to be a part of our culture of service.”
Warren Wilson instituted its first service requirement for students more than half a century ago. Today Warren Wilson students engage in a minimum of 100 hours of service as a graduation requirement, in a program rooted in community action. In many cases, students’ service is blended with coursework and various papers or presentations.