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Creighton Named “Best Neighbor” University by National Ranking

Creighton Named “Best Neighbor” University by National Ranking

Creighton University once again has been recognized nationally as a “best neighbor” for its community impact. Creighton ranked in the top 10 at No. 6.

The top 25 list, compiled by a national higher education expert, recognizes the positive effects these institutions have on their urban communities through commercial and residential activities such as revitalization, cultural renewal, economics, community service and development.

Compiled by Dr. Evan S. Dobelle, President of Westfield State College and former president of the New England Board of Higher Education, the list was revealed today at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). This re-examination of the 2006 rankings was prompted in part by the change in the United States economy and the desire to track the evolution and growing sophistication of efforts by institutions of higher learning to save their cities from increasing economic challenges.

Criteria for this year’s assessment included:

Length of involvement with the community;

  • Real dollars invested;
  • Catalyst effect on others;
  • Presence felt through payroll, research and purchasing power;
  • Faculty and student involvement in community service;
  • Continued sustainability of neighborhood initiatives;
  • Effect on local student access and affordability to attend college through K–12 Partnerships;
  • Qualitative esprit of the institution in its engagement;
  • Quantifiable increase in positive recognition of the institution;
  • Increase in student applications and resources raised through renewed alumni giving;
  • Recognition of the impact of the institution on their community.

“Creighton takes great pride in its strong partnership with the city of Omaha, “ said Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., citing the fact that Creighton has invested more than $285 million in needed academic, student and community facilities that have improved the economic vitality, cultural renewal and civic engagement of both the University and the city . “But even more important are the community service and community relationships the University fosters at the very heart of our mission,” Fr. Schlegel added.

Dobelle, a former college president on six campuses, conducted comprehensive surveys and interviews, widely distributed to colleges and universities with assistance from the American Council on Education (ACE) and CUMU.

The rankings can be found at www.wsc.ma.edu/top25saviors.