Accolades for the Appalachian Community in Action

Friday, October 11, 2019

Appalachian is distinguished by academic excellence and community engagement.

We started this week with a well-deserved academic accolade: the Sun Belt Conference recognized Appalachian for having the highest student graduation rate in the conference. Congratulations to the graduates, faculty, staff and others who have helped our university earn this prestigious honor.

The Appalachian Community routinely collaborates with and gives back to the local community and beyond, often to the benefit of our student volunteers as much as to the causes and organizations. These service experiences help our students further develop critical problem-solving skills, underscore the influence of individual efforts and affirm the value of “doing good.”

Within the division of Student Affairs, Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) coordinates service opportunities throughout the year, including Alternative Service Experiences (ASE). Appalachian also supports civic engagement and service-learning as a complement to our rigorous academic programs. In its “Best Colleges” rankings for 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Appalachian 14th in the nation in the Service Learning category — proof positive that our university believes deeply in the power of community engagement.

Appalachian organizes hundreds of service opportunities each year that present real-world experiences with communities facing challenges locally and abroad, and prepare Appalachian students for a lifetime of engagement.

In the classroom and in the community, it is great to be a Mountaineer.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor