Washington Monthly names C-N America’s No. 10 “Baccalaureate College”
Carson-Newman’s Brent Metcalf makes a friend while on a C-N spring mission trip to Guatemala. Spring mission trips are one of several opportunities that C-N students have to “give back.” The University was noted for its service in Washington Monthly’s 2013 college rankings.
Carson-Newman is ranked 10th among America’s baccalaureate colleges, says Washington Monthly magazine. The University is the only Tennessee school to be named in the top 20 of the “Baccalaureate Colleges” category.
It is the second year in a row that the University has been recognized in the category’s top ten.
“We are very pleased to be named to Washington Monthly’s top ten again,” said Dr. Kina Mallard, Carson-Newman executive vice president and provost. “Our faculty and staff at the University take our mission very seriously as they work to help our students reach their full potential. They do this by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within an environment that truly cares about students.”
The Washington Monthly bases its ranking on three primary criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Carson-Newman University was highlighted in several areas of the category. Carson-Newman’s net price was the second lowest in the top ten institutions at $14,191. The University was named No.7 in the nation for “Community service participation and hours served.” And its ROTC program was also ranked No. 7 among baccalaureate schools.
“We designed the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level,” said editors of the Washington Monthly on the publication’s website. “Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”
They also added, “And we recognize institutions that are committed to public service, both in the way they teach and in encouraging students to enter service-focused careers. … Our rankings aim to identify institutions that are acting on behalf of the true public interest.”
Earlier this month, The Princeton Review named Carson-Newman University a “Best in the Southeast” for 2014.
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