MMC named 38th best college in U.S.

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

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Martin ranked among best

A survey evaluating U.S. colleges and universities based on “contribution to the public good” ranks Martin Methodist College as 38th among more than 300 schools in the baccalaureate college category.

Washington Monthly magazine’s recently published College Guide rate schools in three areas: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating lower income students); Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs); and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

“The higher education system is to benefit society,” said Dr. Dennis Haskins, MMC’s vice president for planning and effectiveness. “Education has been cited as a vehicle to rising above one’s socioeconomic status. Research has advanced the economy and expanded the collective knowledge necessary for advances in all academic discipline. Service balances the personal gain through participating in higher education by demonstrating commitment to the betterment of the human condition. By these standards, it’s clear that Martin Methodist is benefiting its community, region and beyond.”

Thanks in large part to Martin Methodist’s far-reaching emphasis on service and outreach in programs such as Martin Serves and the Champions of Character, the school earned its highest ranking in the service category, being named the 10th best baccalaureate school (four-year liberal arts colleges as opposed to graduate-degree universities) for community service participation hours and for service staff, courses and financial aid support.

In the area of social mobility, MMC ranked 26th, with 52 percent of the student enrollment receiving federal Pell grants, which are based on need, and the actual graduating rate of those students substantially higher (16 percentage points) than the projected rate.

In the area of research, Martin Methodist College – where the faculty emphasis is on teaching instead of research – was one of a number of schools in the baccalaureate college category that spend little or no funds on research, resulting in a low rating.

The overall ranking of Martin Methodist of 38th among the more than 300 four-year liberal arts colleges, President Ted Brown said, is especially significant given the focus of Washington Monthly’s criteria, which lines up well with MMC’s institutional mission.

“To be ranked by Washington Monthly as number 38 among all the baccalaureate colleges across the United States is enormously gratifying because this particular survey’s values match our values,” Brown said.

“It is not preoccupied with admissions selectivity and test score averages; it is focused on how we contribute to the public good. When you recognize that more than half of our students are first-generation college students and see that our students contributed more than 20,000 hours to community service last year, you get a glimpse of the real heart of Martin Methodist College.”

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