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September 21, 2012

DWU makes Washington Monthly's 2012 baccalaureate college rankings

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University is raking in the accolades.

Shortly after DWU was named to U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2013” list for this region, it was also announced that Washington Monthly released its 2012 baccalaureate college rankings and DWU made the list. This rating is based on three categories: social mobility, research and service.

Social mobility translates to the university’s willingness and success in recruiting low-income students, as well as seeing them through their full four years into graduation. Research includes the academic caliber of both students and professors, including scholarships and PhD levels.

Service is measured by the university’s involvement in community service and service to others, such as military, Peace Corps, service projects, university staff’s personal involvement, how service is incorporated into course study and scholarships available for community service, according to the website.

“When Dakota Wesleyan is ranked nationally or regionally, we of course are quite proud, but there’s a special place in our hearts for a ranking that is based on academics and service,” said Amy Novak, DWU provost. “We are especially proud of the service aspect, with almost the entire campus taking part in a community-wide service project annually, as well as each club and athletic team leading their own. A majority of our staff and faculty are also engaged in service clubs or projects outside of work.”

The Washington Monthly uses a different methodology than the U.S. News & World Report, though until last year they used the same colleges in their rankings. This year, Washington Monthly took a sample of 1,569 colleges that includes public, private nonprofit and for-profit colleges, based on its own criteria.


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