EKU Recognized by Washington Magazine for Contributions to Public Good

Eastern Kentucky University has earned national recognition for its contribution to the public good.

Among the 551 public and private colleges and universities named in the 2010 Washington (DC) Monthly College Guide and Rankings, EKU placed 181st, tops among Kentucky institutions in the “Master’s Universities” category. (Eastern recently became a doctorate-granting institution.)

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

“Unlike … similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” the magazine explained. “Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent. Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive – and, if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health costs. This guide asks, ‘Are we getting the most for our money?’”

This is the latest in a string of recent national honors for EKU. Just since late July, EKU was:

* ranked in the top tier (59th among 90) of regional universities in the South in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report.

* recognized by Forbes magazine as among the top 9 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in its “America’s Best Colleges” report.

* among 10 “large universities” nationwide, and the only large university in the Commonwealth, to make the Honor Roll in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2010 Great Colleges to Work For program.

* named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, ranking in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Published on August 24, 2010

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