Misericordia Univ. Ranked Among Best In Country
STUDENT SERVICE PROJECTS-Misericordia University fist-year student Michael Gottstein of Drums, prepares to restore paths on the Back Mountain Trail in Shavertown, as part of the annual Orientation Dave of Service.

Misericordia University is ranked among the top 39 percent of all master’s degree-granting institutions of higher education in the country by Washington Monthly magazine in a survey that stresses community service and social mobility of students.

Misericordia University is ranked 264th overall among 684 other colleges and universities in the nation that were recognized in the “2013 Master’s Universities’’ category. The rankings are based on the institution’s contribution to the public good in three evenly weighted categories: social mobility, research and service. The rankings appear in the September/October issue of Washington Monthly magazine.

In a separate “Best Bang for the Buck’’ listing, Washington Monthly ranked Misericordia 233rd overall and 97th among master’s degree granting colleges and universities in the nation. Of the 1,572 colleges and universities recognized in the broader annual rankings, only 349 were recognized on this exclusive list.

The “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking recognizes “colleges in America that do the best job of helping nonwealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,’’ according to Washington Monthly magazine.

In the traditional rankings, Washington Monthly ranks Misericordia 13th in the nation for student participation in service. The service-related rankings are based, in part, on the number of students participating in community service, the number of service hours performed, the number of staff supporting community service, the number of academic courses that incorporate service learning and whether or not the university provides scholarships for community service.

Service opportunities come in many forms at Misericordia University through Campus Ministry programs, service-based academic courses, and campus clubs and organizations. Students, faculty and staff focus on at-risk children, issues of poverty, empowerment for those in need, social justice and community-based issues. In the past year, the University has participated in service trips in regional communities and to Guyana, Jamaica, Benson, Vt.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Mobile, Ala.; Philadelphia, Pa., and Schenectady, N. Y.

Kevin Feifer, director of service-learning, coordinates academic-based service learning opportunitiesfor students. MU works with anetwork of service partners, suchas the Commission on EconomicOpportunity, Ruth’s Place, andregional school districts and daycarefacilities. Misericordia students alsoprovide pre-school and after-schooltutoring to regional elementaryschool children at McGlynn andMineral Springs learning centers, Commission on EconomicOpportunity.

The University also featuresspecial programs to enhance studentvolunteerism in the region. TheScholars in Service to PennsylvaniaProgram at Misericordia, sponsoredby Americorp VISTA, provides astipend to students who performa certain number of service hoursduring the academic year at placeslike the Catherine McAuley House, Head Start and local libraries.

For more information please call( 570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu.