WCU earns national recognition for academics and service learning

The list of national recognitions for Western Carolina University grew a little longer recently, as the latest U.S. News & World Report guide to “America’s Best Colleges” ranked WCU among the top 10 public universities in the South that offer master’s degrees, and the university received the highest federal honor recognizing commitment to service learning and civic responsibility.
Western Carolina’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report marks the first time the university has made the magazine’s top 10 list of southern public master’s degree-granting institutions. The category in which WCU is ranked includes higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states.

“Western Carolina has moved steadily up the rankings over the past few years, and we are glad to see that trend continue again this year. In recent years, our College of Education and Allied Professions has received two major national honors, and our academic programs in business administration, project management, criminal justice and entrepreneurship have earned high national rankings, so it is obvious that our rising academic quality is becoming known nationally,” said WCU Chancellor John Bardo.

“Also, earlier this year, our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band was named recipient of the Sudler Trophy, the ‘Heisman Trophy’ of university marching bands. We think there are plenty of signs that good things are happening in Cullowhee,” Bardo said. Among those signs is the fact that the Corporation for National and Community Service named Western Carolina to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for “exemplary commitment to service and civic engagement” on WCU’s campus and beyond.

“Service learning offers our students real-world experiences that enhance the quality of their education while benefiting the communities of our region,” said WCU Provost Kyle Carter. “To be named to the national honor roll – with distinction – shows that our faculty members are making significant progress in linking their students’ educational experiences with the community.”

For more information about awards and accolades earned by Western Carolina University – and its faculty and students, visit the awards and accolades Web site.

WCU students participate in the annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup.

WCU students participate in the annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup.