Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Among The Top 50 In The Country Third Year in a Row

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For the third-consecutive year, national magazine Washington Monthly has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the Top 50 out of the 682 master's universities in the nation. SIUE came in 25th among public institutions on that list. Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: Social Mobility - recruiting and graduating low-income students; Research - producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s; and Service - encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“Washington Monthly’s consistent recognition of the opportunities that our talented faculty and staff provide students, along with our students’ strong commitment to community service, is a source of pride for everyone,” SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

For the third-consecutive year, national magazine Washington Monthly has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the Top 50 out of the 682 master's universities in the nation. SIUE came in 25th among public institutions on that list. Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: Social Mobility - recruiting and graduating low-income students; Research - producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s; and Service - encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“Washington Monthly’s consistent recognition of the opportunities that our talented faculty and staff provide students, along with our students’ strong commitment to community service, is a source of pride for everyone,” said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “We follow through on our mission to not only create a high-quality, energized academic environment, but also encourage students to be highly engaged, productive citizens.”

Washington Monthly ranked SIUE 49th overall, nationally, among its Top 50 Master's Universities category, which includes public and private institutions. SIUE maintained its No. 6 ranking in expenditures for research, having invested nearly $32 million in research and public service projects in fiscal year 2010. This investment allows a significant number of SIUE students at the graduate and undergraduate levels the opportunity to participate in research projects in their fields of study.

Under the service sub-category, SIUE was ranked eighth in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs.

In March, SIUE also was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll - with distinction - a list of colleges and universities demonstrating a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. SIUE students have many opportunities to work on service projects throughout the year through the University's Kimmel Leadership Development Center.

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