Washington Monthly Ranks UC San Diego 1st in the Nation for Commitment to Service
University is honored for producing cutting-edge research, wise and knowledgeable citizens and workers who focus on giving back
Aug 23, 2010
As the University of California, San Diego celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the university’s legacy of community service has been recognized by the Washington Monthly as the top college in the nation according to new rankings measuring “what colleges are doing for the country.” The publication announced in its September “College Guide” that UC San Diego is ranked first in the nation for service.
“It’s an honor for our university’s dedication to service to be recognized,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “UC San Diego strongly upholds our commitment to community engagement and public service as we move forward to advance the health and well-being of our region, state, nation and the world.”
UC San Diego was recognized as the top university by the Washington Monthly based on three criteria: social mobility, research and service—which includes how many students participate in the Peace Corps. UC San Diego and the Peace Corps, both turning 50 this year, have partnered to bring 630 UC San Diego alumni as overseas volunteers. Currently, 46 alumni serve in the Peace Corps, playing a vital role in solving real-world problems and improving the lives of people around the world through advanced healthcare, continuing education and public programs.
“Giving back” is important to Christopher Yanov, a 1999 UC San Diego graduate who has dedicated his life to service and successfully improved the lives of youths in underserved communities. Since graduating, Yanov has raised more than $1 million in scholarship funds for high-risk students to attend top-ranked universities such as UC San Diego. He is the founder and executive director of Reality Changers, a San Diego organization dedicated to supporting highly-motivated, inner-city high school students with the academic and financial resources to become the first in their families to attend college.
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