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Princeton Review Says BC has a Conscience

Many colleges and universities today are making it a priority to foster social responsibility and public service on their campuses. Some of the nation’s best are featured in a new book by Campus Compact and The Princeton Review titled Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement (Random House), available in bookstores on June 21.

"This book highlights the exceptional work of our member campuses and the wonderful opportunities that exist for students to improve community life and demonstrate social responsibility," said Campus Compact executive director Elizabeth Hollander. "These schools epitomize higher education in service to the public good."

The Princeton Review partnered with Campus Compact to select colleges and universities for the book, limiting their scope to four-year institutions. Criteria included: admissions practices and scholarships that reward community service; support for service-learning programs, student activism, and student voice in school governance; and level of social engagement of the student body.

The editors collected extensive data about these schools’ service programs and policies, as well as surveys from students, faculty, and staff. The schools chosen for Colleges with a Conscience represent a diverse range of institutions by geographic region, campus size, setting (urban/rural), and type (public/private), selected from Campus Compact’s more than 950 members.

Colleges with a Conscience contains two-page profiles on each college, providing detailed information about civic engagement and service-learning programs on campus, in the classroom, and in the community. The book also includes advice for applicants, a section on researching colleges with service-learning programs, information on how to obtain financial support for service projects, and a complete list of Campus Compact member campuses. Students share perceptions and feedback in profiles that describe their civic engagement activities, advice, and experience.

This book is one of many resources that Campus Compact has developed to provide support and training for those seeking to advance service, service-learning and civic engagement activities on campuses nationwide.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents - representing some 5 million students - who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. To support this mission, Campus Compact promotes service initiatives that develop students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and practical guidance for faculty seeking to integrate civic engagement into their teaching and research. For more information on Campus Compact visit www.compact.org.

The Princeton Review is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, books and other education services. Headquartered in New York City with offices across the USA and abroad, it is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS. For more information on The Princeton Review visit www.princetonreview.com.

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