The Value of Community

Accolades for Appalachian, solidarity
Friday, November 2, 2018

The value of our university’s educational environment and community engagement is in large sum the reason Appalachian has been recognized by a number of national publications and ranking programs recently. U.S. News and World Report, MONEY magazine, Forbes magazine and The Princeton Review have recognized Appalachian for its academics, value, innovation and veteran services, to name a few distinctions:

  • Forbes magazine named Appalachian in its third annual “America’s Best Value Colleges 2018” list.
  • Appalachian is among schools chosen by The Princeton Review for its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was announced in August. The schools were unranked.
  • Appalachian took top spots in U.S. News and World Report’s “2019 Best Colleges Rankings,” released in September. The university was recognized for its academics, value and innovation, placing second in the Most Innovative Schools category among Southern regional universities, in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

We have much to be proud of, including the people and values of our community at large.

I was honored to participate in a community gathering to decry violence and mourn the loss of lives in Pittsburgh over the past weekend. This was a communitywide show of solidarity against violence and hate. As we mourn the loss — in Pittsburgh and across our nation and world — we can all determine to be proactive promoters of peace and discourse that close cultural gaps rather than broaden them.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor