“Colleges With a Conscience,” a new guide for high school students exploring their options, was released earlier this week by The Princeton Review/Random House and Campus Compact.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are among more than six dozen schools in 33 states, and the only liberal arts colleges in New York state, to be featured in the book, subtitled “81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement.”
Selection was based on the strong HWS commitment to service and civic engagement, and made, in part, after reviewing staff and student surveys.
The guide also suggests questions for prospective students including the student role in college decision-making, the volunteer opportunities available, the school's relationship with the surrounding community, college policies on issues including fair labor, a living wage for employees, and food salvaging; and support for student political activism and civic engagement.
The Colleges offer myriad service opportunities for students, including a Habitat for Humanity chapter, the America Reads and Jumpstart programs in local schools, Geneva Heroes, in which HWS students perform leadership training with eighth graders in Geneva; Students Organized for Service; participation in Celebrate Service…Celebrate Geneva, an annual day of service to the community; and a Community Service House, a South Main Street residence for students who have chosen to make service a large component of their lives. Many courses also include a service aspect.
“It is especially gratifying to have our commitment to service recognized in this fashion,” said Ave Bauder, director of public service at the Colleges. “Students seeking the right place to spend their college years will be greatly served by this new publication.
“Our inclusion is a real testament to the civic engagement of our students and our institutions' commitment to making service a centerpiece of a liberal arts education.”
Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents supporting the public purposes of higher education. Hobart and William Smith Colleges were founding institutions of the New York Campus Compact, and HWS President Mark D. Gearan chairs the national Campus Compact and co-chairs the state council's Executive Committee. Bauder is a member of the state council's Advisory Committee and chairs the Member Services Committee.