For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly, a national magazine, has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the Top 50 of the 553 master's universities in the nation.
SIUE ranked 13th among public institutions, one spot above last year's placing. 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 PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."
"We are extremely proud of being recognized again by Washington Monthly for the opportunities we provide students and for our students' commitment to serving our communities," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "We are working hard to create a high quality, stimulating academic environment at SIUE that also encourages students to be engaged and productive citizens. To be ranked among the Top 50 two years in a row shows that our quest for excellence is bearing fruit."
Washington Monthly ranked SIUE 48th overall nationally among its Top 50 Master's Universities category. The University placed 6th in expenditures for research-up from 8th last year-having invested more than $30 million in research and public service projects in fiscal year 2010. This investment allows a significant number of SIUE students at the undergraduate and graduate levels the opportunity to participate in research projects in their fields of study.
Under the service sub-category, SIUE was ranked 1st again in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs. For example, $547,867 of federal work study dollars were spent in fiscal year 2010 on the federal America Reads program the University offers at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.
Recently SIUE was also 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 and in the area of volunteerism throughout the year through the University's Kimmel Leadership Development Center.
"At SIUE, we strive to be a partner to our region," Vandegrift said. "In addition to providing an excellent education at an affordable price, we are particularly proud that our students are good citizens who choose to give back to society. Our region is made stronger by SIUE graduates who work to improve the world around them."