New WWC students hard at work on Service Day 2013
[Photo by Juliana Caldwell of ArtSpace Charter School]
Warren Wilson College has been recognized in “Best Colleges 2014,” published by U.S. News & World Report, as having one of the nation’s leading service programs.
Warren Wilson is one of only 25 colleges and universities nationwide listed alphabetically in the Service Learning category of “Programs to Look For” in choosing a school – programs with “A Focus on Student Success,” according to U.S. News. The recognition marks the seventh time that Warren Wilson has received the distinction in the guide.
“Some colleges and universities are much more determined than others to provide freshmen and all undergrads with the best possible experience,” the guide notes, “recognizing that certain enriched offerings… are linked to student success. Here, U.S. News highlights schools with outstanding examples of eight programs that education experts… agree are key.”
U.S. News writes of the top Service Learning schools: “Required (or for-credit) volunteer work in the community is an instructional strategy in these programs. What’s learned in the field bolsters what happens in class, and vice versa.”
Warren Wilson’s pioneering service program was established more than 50 years ago. In recent years, the college’s 850 or so undergraduate students have given nearly 50,000 hours of service to community annually.
Also in the U.S. News 2014 guide, Warren Wilson College continues its standing in the Top Tier among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.”