for Service Learning
has been ranked first for service learning, according to U.S.
News and World Report. Penn was tied with Berea College
in Kentucky and Stanford University. The ranking was based on academic
and other programs that enhance learning. This is the first time
U.S. News has included this category in its annual report.
couldnt be more pleased with this recognition," said
Ira Harkavy, director of Penns Center for Community Partnerships.
"It is testimony to the hard, creative work of Penn students,
faculty and staff and their community and school partners."
mission of the Center for Community Partnerships is to create effective,
mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the
community. Through the center, the University participates in academically
based community service and direct traditional service that support
work in a variety of areas, such as health, environment, schooling,
and community development.
than 120 Penn courses from across the disciplines involve students
in service-learning. "In service-learning programs, volunteering
in the community is an instructional strategy a requirement
of a students coursework. The service informs what happens
in class, and vice versa," U.S. News & World Report
said in its report.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002