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Washington Monthly Ranks U of M Highly on Social Mobility, Research and Service

For release: September 5, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of Memphis 37th among 284 national colleges based on social mobility, research and service. The U of M is ranked sixth in the area of service staff, courses and financial aid support.

According to the publication’s methodology, social mobility encompasses recruiting and graduating low-income students; research means producing cutting-edge scholarship and awarding PhD degrees; and service is encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“This ranking recognizes the unique and critical role played by the University of Memphis both locally and nationally,” said Provost David Rudd. “Our students, faculty and staff should be very proud.”

Washington Monthly asserts that its criteria are more important in judging the worth of a college or university than that used by other well-known publications. It views schools in light of what they are doing for the country and whether they are high quality, affordable and accessible.

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