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Benedict College WINS National Civic Engagement Award!

From:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

Columbia, SC—September 21, 2011—Benedict College is among six educational institutions from across the country to receive the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Benedict College will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon, on Monday, October 3, 2011 in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club.

Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College and Mrs. Tondaleya Jackson, Director of Service-Learning and Leadership Development, will accept the award on Benedict College’s behalf. “The faculty, staff, and students of Benedict College have provided countless hours of service and dedication to the surrounding community. We are humbled by this honor and take pride in seeing our campus continually embody the essence of being powers for good through service-learning,” said Tondaleya Jackson.

Benedict College is a genuine role model for civic engagement in the academic community,” said Dr. David H. Swinton. “The college is educating students with a quality that can’t be learned in the classroom alone, the importance of getting involved, giving back and making a difference.”

Benedict College has a strong history of civic engagement, and in 1995 instituted service-learning as a graduation requirement. Through its Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program, students participate in a large variety of community-based activities. For an example, the program implemented an afterschool enrichment program for children, hosted a safe Halloween event called Kids Scared Straight, and started VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This initiative has students in the business school prepare the tax returns of 200 low-income community members.

The Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards were created in 2009 to find colleges and universities that are true role models for civic engagement in the academic community,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Benedict College has created an environment that brings students and community organizations together, showing that the best and most well-rounded academic experience is not just defined by classroom learning.”

The other institutions receiving the 2011 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award are Augsburg College, DePaul University, Duke University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and San Francisco State University. Honorees were chosen among 140 nominees based upon their leadership in community programs and projects.

This year’s award committee was chaired by Geraldine Mannion with the Carnegie Corporation’s US Democracy Program and joined by Chris Caruso with GenerationOn, Thomas Ehrlich with the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching, Peter Levine with The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning Engagement, Heather Smith with Rock the Vote, and Michael Smith with The Case Foundation.

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Benedict College Ranked Among Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly

For the second consecutive year, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the nation’s best Baccalaureate Institutions by Washington Monthly magazine in its September / October issue. This year, Benedict College is ranked No. 15 in the listing. The rankings are based on three broad categories: “social mobility” (recruiting and graduating low-income students); “research” (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.Ds); and “service” (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

“We are very proud of being acknowledged again by Washington Monthly for the opportunities we offer students and for our students’ commitment to serving our communities,” said Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College. “The commitment of our students, faculty and staff to serve others and impact the world for good is amazing. We are working hard to produce a high quality, motivating academic environment at Benedict that also persuades students to be engaged and creative citizens. To be ranked among the Top 50 two years in a row demonstrates that our mission for excellence is bearing fruit.”

In a news release, Washington Monthly’s editors stated, “higher education, after all, isn’t just important for undergraduates. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they offer students from low-income families the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.” Also, an article in the Washington Monthly stated that the magazine’s rankings were begun in 2005 to feature a different approach than that used by other ratings. “Instead of asking what a college could do for you, we asked, ‘What are colleges doing for the country?’ Colleges should be judged not just on who they enroll and how many graduate, but on what students do with their lives after they leave.”

Among the factors figuring into the Washington Monthly rankings are the number of bachelor’s degree recipients who go on to earn doctoral degrees or serve in the Peace Corps; the number of students who participate in community service and the staff support those efforts receive; the percentage of federal work-study funds that goes to community service; the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants; and the predicted and actual graduation rates based on percentage of Pell recipients.

The 2011 Washington Monthly College Rankings is available online at:

www.WashingtonMonthly.com/college_guide/

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