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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:


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