That Change Lives
Hope is among the select number of colleges and universities nationwide
listed in the book "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About College," the latest edition
of which was released by Penguin Books on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The college
has been included in the book since the publication debuted in 1996.
The book's eight-page chapter on Hope notes that "Hope College
raises higher education's moral and intellectual levels. It is a place
where parents can send children of a wide range of abilities in the full
expectation that their talents will be increased, their vision broadened,
and their ethical acuity sharpened. The result: graduates who have an
expansive view of the world and their place in it and who want to put
their talents to good use." The Hope chapter further says, "Every
school in this book runs on the power of student-professor relationships;
there's simply no other way for a college to do the life-changing work
of mentoring and teaching students. But at Hope, more than anywhere else,
students mention how much their professors care about them as people,
not just as mini academics."
"Colleges That Change Lives" was written by Loren Pope, who
also oversaw the book's revision in 2000 and 2006. Pope, who was a former
education editor of the "New York Times" and also founder of
the College Placement Bureau, a college administrator and the author
of "Looking Beyond the Ivy League," died in 2008. The newest
edition was revised by Hilary Masell Oswald.
Hope Education Program
Top Ranking from State
The teacher-education program at Hope College has earned a 70, the
highest score possible, on the Michigan Department of Education Teacher
Institution Performance Scores Report released this summer.
Hope and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor had the best performance
scores, each with 70, among all teacher-preparation institutions in Michigan
for the 2010-11 academic year according to the report, which was reviewed
by the State Board of Education earlier this month.
Hope has consistently ranked as one of the state’s top programs,
receiving an “Exemplary” rating, in the annual listing since
the report’s inception in 2005. The college was one of four institutions
ranked second in the previous, 2009-10, report, announced in 2011. Hope
was one of two institutions tied for first place in 2007.
“Our program is strong,” said Dr. Laura Pardo, professor
of education and chairperson of the department. “We match what
we teach to the students to the standards required by the state, and
we regularly review our program to assure that we prepare our graduates
to be successful as teaching professionals.”
Hope Highlighted in Fiske Guide to Colleges
Guide to Colleges,” now in its 29th edition, continues to include
Hope as one of only about 300 colleges and universities (from among more
than 2,200 four-year institutions nationwide) that it highlights as “the
best and most interesting institutions in the nation—the ones that
students most want to know about.” The guide does not rank the
institutions it selects, but instead includes statistical information
for each--such as enrollment, test-score ranges and graduation rate--and
multi-paragraph profiles that discuss qualities such as the academic
and social environments.
The “Fiske Guide” profiles are based on questionnaires sent
to administrators and students at the institutions selected for conclusion.
The 2013 guide notes that “Hope’s “academic and athletic
programs continue to grow and prosper, helped out by an array of new
facilities.” One of the students quoted observed that “The
academic programs, particularly the research and collaborative opportunities,
far surpass those of Hope’s rivals,” while another commented
that students “tend to be very involved in academics, extracurriculars,
athletics, and social events.”
Hope College continues to fare well in a variety of college guides
as the newest editions begin to hit the shelves.
Hope is among the slightly more than 300 colleges and universities highlighted
in the 2013, 39th, edition of “The Insider’s Guide to the
Colleges,” compiled and edited by the staff of the “Yale
Daily News.” The colleges and universities are not ranked but instead
are listed alphabetically by state. In addition to providing enrollment
information, test-score ranges and other statistical data, the guide
features insights from interviews with students and narrative profiles
of each of the institutions.
The guide notes that “Hope College provides its students with
solid academic programs, the personal attention possible only at a small
school, and a warm social atmosphere, all structured around a core of
Hope is one of 650 institutions included in the "America's Top
College" guide published by "Forbes Magazine." Hope is
223rd in the "Forbes" listing, which bases its rankings on
five general categories: graduates' professional success; how satisfied
students are with their college experience; student debt; student graduation
in four years; and students' achievement in obtaining nationally competitive
awards such as Goldwater scholarships, National Science Foundation fellowships
and Fulbright awards, or going on to earn a doctorate. More information,
including the rankings, can be found online at: http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/
Hope is also one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the
nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The
college is one of 153 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends
in the "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2013
Best Colleges: Region by Region," posted on Monday, Aug. 20, on
PrincetonReview.com. For the project, The Princeton Review asks students
attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues, from
the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food,
and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their
campus life. The institutions are also rated in six categories by The
Princeton Review: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire
safety, quality of life and green.
Hope Named Outstanding Employer
the seventh consecutive year, Hope College has been named one of the “101
Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in West Michigan.
The competition is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional
Association (MBPA). Hope and the region’s other 2012 winners will
be recognized during the “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest
Companies to Work For” annual human resources symposium and awards
program on Thursday, May 3, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.
An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based
on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits
and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention;
Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation;
Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision;
Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic
Company Performance; and the Best of the Best Small Business.
The winners represent industries as diverse as the automotive, insurance,
hospitality, communications and nonprofit sectors. They were chosen for
practicing innovative strategies and representing best practices in human
resources, according to Jennifer Kluge, MBPA president.
Hope's Graduation Rate
Among the Best in Michigan
The rate of graduation at Hope College ranks among the best in Michigan,
according to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
in a new report, "Diplomas and Dropouts: Which Colleges Actually
Graduate Their Students (and Which Don't)."
The study of nearly 1,400 colleges and universities was in response
to a challenge from President Obama that America have the highest proportion
of colleges in the world.
The Institute conducted its study using the classifications of the Carnegie
Commission on Higher Education and admissions selectivity scheme from "Barron's
Profiles of American Colleges."
of the complete report
Recognized as an exemplary program by
the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Phelps Scholars
Program takes a holistic approach in linking academics and residence
life for first-year students interested in studying issues related
to diversity. Although across its first decade the program has earned
praise from students on many counts, one stands foremost among the
others: the enduring, strong network of friendships that they form
as participants. Pictured from left to right above are
Diane Hawke, Rebekah Chew, Esther Moon, Mikella Bryant and Joshua Williams.
Phelps Scholars Program Recognized
as Exemplary Diversity Program
The Hope College Phelps Scholars Program -- an academic/residential
program for students interested in race and culture -- was recognized
in 2009 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as an
exemplary diversity program in higher education.
Hope College is one of 32 institutions featured in the AAC&U publication "More
Reasons for Hope: Diversity Matters in Higher Education." Others
among the featured honorees include the University of Michigan; DukeUniversity
in Durham, N.C.; EmoryUniversity in Atlanta, Ga.; and WheatonCollege
in Norton, Mass.
the announcement about the recognition
more about the Phelps Scholars Program
Hope Highlighted as a Favorite
Pope’s Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding
the College that's Right for You highlights Hope in a chapter titled "A
"Hope, in Holland, Michigan, is another that merits a lot more
attention than it gets, raising higher education's moral and
intellectual levels. It is a place where parents can send children of
a wide range of abilities, knowing that their talents will be
increased, their visions broadened, their ethical acuities sharpened,
and they will be prepared to prosper in a changed and changing world."
Hope Remains Rated in the Top Tier among National Liberal
Hope College continues to receive accolades from editors of college guides
as the newest editions of a variety of the publications debut in tandem
with the advent of the school year nationwide.
Recent guides that list Hope among the select number of institutions
they single out for praise include the 2012 "America's Best Colleges" published
by "U.S. News & World Report," the 2012 "Fiske Guide
to Colleges" and the "America's Top Colleges" guide published
in August by "Forbes Magazine."
The annual rankings compiled by "U.S. News & World Report" have
once again included HopeCollege among the 100 best liberal arts colleges
in the nation.
The college is 94th out of 280 institutions that are considered national
liberal arts colleges in the rankings.
In addition, Hope also continues to be included among the institutions
that the publication recognizes for providing outstanding undergraduate
research/creative project opportunities.
Learning the Hope Way
Book features Hope as an example of a college that gets it right.
is one of only 10 church-related colleges and universities nationwide
highlighted in Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students
Purposefully, which argues “that an effective and ideal undergraduate
college education is one that centers on holistic student development,
including the search for meaning and purpose in life.” Published
by Anker Publishing Company Inc. of Bolton, Mass., the book was co-authored
by Dr. Larry A. Braskamp, Dr. Lois Calian Trautvetter and Dr. Kelly Ward. Learn
Hope's Academic Programs
Earn National Accreditation
Hope is the only private, four-year
liberal arts college in the United States with national accreditation
Hope also has accredited programs in Athletic Training,
Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Social Work. Hope is
the only college or university in Michigan where business students
participate in the George F. Baker Scholars Program, which provides a
wide range of real-world experiences beyond the classroom.