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Mercer University named a national leader in public service


MACON - Mercer University is one of the nation's best colleges fostering social responsibility and public service, according to The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national organization committed to the civic purposes of higher education. The university is one of only two institutions in Georgia- along with Spelman College- featured in the forthcoming book, Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, which will be available in bookstores on June 21.

"A college with a conscience," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for Admission Services, "has both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. Education at these schools isn't only about private gain; it's about the public good."

The Princeton Review and Campus Compact winnowed a list of 100 schools from a pool of more than 900 colleges. From this shortlist, the editors collected extensive data about institutions' service programs and policies, surveying their students and faculty/staff. Finally, 81 schools were chosen for Colleges with a Conscience.

Mercer faculty in all disciplines are committed to integrating service-learning into curricula, and students across the university are actively engaged in community service projects both inside and outside of the classroom.