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Washington Monthly ranks Illinois College a top 25 national liberal arts college for 2013

Washington Monthly evaluates each school’s contribution in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Illinois College ranked high in the service category placing first in service, staff, courses and financial aid support, and fifth in community service.

Illinois College moved up 63 spots from last year’s rankings. President Barbara Farley credits the dramatic rise in rankings to the dedication and hard work of the college’s students, faculty and staff. “I am proud to see Illinois College recognized by such a well-regarded national publication as Washington Monthly. Our high ranking among liberal arts colleges recognizes Illinois College’s commitment to service, access to college, high quality educational experiences and student success.”

In determining rankings, Washington Monthly breaks colleges and universities into five types: liberal arts colleges, national universities, master’s universities, baccalaureate colleges and community colleges.

Washington Monthly magazine editors stated that, “We design the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

View the complete list of the best liberal arts colleges.

2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Illinois College joined a select group of the nation’s colleges and universities by earning a place on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service. In releasing an in-depth report of community service programs at college and university campuses nationwide, the Corporation for National and Community Service praised Illinois College for achieving Honor Roll status.

The Honor Roll serves as the highest form of federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. As a result of the 2012 report, Illinois College is among a handful of Illinois colleges and universities that have earned Honor Roll status during each of the past six years.

2012 College Access and Opportunity Guide

Young people from all walks of life dream of going to college. In fact, eight of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Despite these aspirations, however, students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education or come from low-income backgrounds are severely underrepresented on college campuses.

Illinois College is working to reverse this trend and has been recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity’s 2012 College Access & Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation students make college a reality.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Illinois College a 2012 Tree Campus USA

Illinois College is a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support this year.

Illinois College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

Abraham Lincoln Hall Wins LEED Silver Certification

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded LEED Silver Certification to Illinois College’s newest residence hall, Abraham Lincoln Hall. Illinois College’s new green residence hall is among the first structures in downstate Illinois to achieve this award and was the first college or university building in downstate Illinois to achieve LEED Silver certification.

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

Illinois College has joined a growing network of colleges and universities nationwide that are committed to sharply reducing and eventually eliminating all of their institutions’ global warming emissions, and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The pledge came when Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining the leaders of other institutions across the country.

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