St. Andrews University earns recognition in two publications
Laurinburg, N.C. - St. Andrews University has recently been recognized in two major rankings of colleges and universities.
St. Andrews was ranked number 42 in the US News & World Report Regional College South Rankings while also being ranked 13 in the Best Baccalaureate Colleges category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.
"We are pleased to have both of these publications take notice of the quality of a St. Andrews education," said Campus President Paul Baldasare. "While the US News is a well recognized ranking system, the Washington Monthly may be less well known but is very much in line with our continued commitment to producing global citizens who are committed to service and are well prepared for the work force."
As explained in the Washington Monthly "Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking," the rankings were designed "to embody the American higher educations compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all by 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. Universities that bring in research dollars are rewarded by our standards, as are those whose undergraduates go on to earn PhDs. And we recognize institutions that are committed to public service, both in the way they teach and encouraging students to enter service-focused careers."
"Throughout its history, St. Andrews has not only helped prepare students to make a living in the world of work, but also to match up their passions with personal goals in order to make a meaningful life,” said Baldasare.
To that end, the University is reaffirming that commitment this year by providing students with more opportunities for personal goal setting, service learning and community building.
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement Elizabeth Hernandez notes, "We are in the first year of the programming and we started the program with new student orientation. We introduced them to the idea of self-discovery by having them identify some of their skills before having them think about their values."
In helping guide the students to make informed choices, she asked them to create three personal and academic goals for the semester.
“We just want to get them thinking about it,” Hernandez said. “We want to start small. It takes time for 18 year olds to learn how to make informed choices that match their strongest interests with personal and career opportunities that will be right for them.”