The spotlight is on the recent national college rankings, and our Women’s College Coalition member institutions are shining! We have the Washington Monthly College Rankings Report and the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings Report that both portray a strong showing of women’s colleges and universities. The just released U.S. News & World Report includes nearly 75 percent of our membership (29 of 39) ranked in the top tier of several national and regional categories. The diversity of women’s colleges represented is an affirmation of our commitment to inclusive excellence. We have so much to be proud of in these rankings. Congratulations to all of our member schools on their amazing work and well deserved recognition!
Our member colleges provided a diverse and dynamic lineup of commencement speakers for their new graduates. The following are just some of the extraordinary speakers that brought inspirational calls to action for our young women stepping out of college and into a brave new world of their own making.
Three women's colleges, Bay Path University, Bryn Mawr College and the College of New Rochelle, were among 24 institutions of higher education to receive Department of Education First in the World Grants in 2014. The First in the World (FITW) Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families.
Women’s colleges were in the news when two, Smith College (ranked #4) and Saint Mary’s College (ranked #8) were recognized by the New York Times as some of the most economically diverse top colleges in the country. They were joined by Barnard, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr in the top fifty.
Women’s colleges have educated a higher percentage of low-income, racially diverse and first-generation students than traditional co-ed colleges and universities, public or private, for more than a decade.
There were lots of memorable pictures taken at women's college commencements this spring. From decorated mortar boards to reflections on the women they have become, recent graduates of women's colleges have lots to celebrate.
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute, co-hosted by Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke colleges, welcomed 48 professional women who hailed from some of the most troubled areas of the world to receive mentoring and support in their work to rebuild their communities torn by war, political violence, and human rights violations.
Women's colleges were founded on progressive assumptions about inclusion and empowerment. But they were also founded for specific beneficiaries: women. But who counts as a woman? And is it possible for colleges to draw that line without redefining their missions of tolerance?