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Linfield Magazine Spring 2017

Linfield tops at improving economic mobility A nationwide study of anonymous tax returns and tuition filings found that Linfield is among the best in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder. The study, called “The Equality of Opportunity Project” and conducted by a group of researchers from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and the U.S. Treasury Department, developed a new measure it calls the mobility rate. It calculated a score for each institution based on the college’s share of students from lower-income families (bottom 40 percent of the income spectrum) and its success at propelling them into upper-income (top 40 percent of the income spectrum) career paths. By that measure, Linfield outpaced each of its peers in the Northwest Conference, and almost all private colleges in the region. Linfield also had a higher mobility rate than many of the large, public universities. NORTHWEST CONFERENCE COLLEGE % LOW INCOME SUCCESS RATE MOBILITY SCORE LINFIELD COLLEGE 13.6 66.7 9.1 Pacific University 14.7 56.3 8.3 Willamette University 12.0 68.6 8.2 George Fox University 15.9 51.5 8.2 Pacific Lutheran University 11.7 66.0 7.7 Lewis & Clark College 12.9 51.6 6.7 Whitworth University 11.8 46.8 5.5 University of Puget Sound 8.7 59.2 5.2 Whitman College 6.9 53.6 3.7 * % low income = percentage of students who come from families in the bottom 40% of the income distribution Spring 2017 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 5 Wilkins nominated for Oregon Book Award Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, is a 2017 Oregon Book Awards finalist for a collection of his poetry, When We Were Birds. Winners will be announced Monday, April 24. Previously, Wilkins earned a High Plains Book Award for his poetry collection Notes from the Journey Westward. His memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, won the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award. Rankings place Linfield high Linfield College earned accolades nationally this fall when three well-known ranking sources released their annual reports. Linfield tied for first among liberal arts colleges in Oregon and Washington in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Ethnic Diversity list. The magazine uses a formula to create a diversity index based on the proportion of students of color to the overall mix of the student body. Linfield joined Willamette University as the only Pacific Northwest liberal arts colleges to qualify for the rankings. Nationally, Linfield is 27th among liberal arts schools on the list. Linfield was recognized by Washington Monthly as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for outstanding value. The magazine ranked Linfield 72nd out of 239 liberal arts colleges. The magazine also ranked Linfield as the top liberal arts college in Oregon or Washington on the publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list. Money magazine ranked Linfield 221st out of 705 colleges and universities nationally when it comes to delivering the most value. The magazine rated Linfield second among colleges and universities in Oregon. Linfield earns national recognition for community service The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized Linfield for leadership in civic engagement and service-learning. This is the sixth time since 2008 that Linfield has received this honor for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. Last year, 600+ Linfield students volunteered more than 8,810 hours of service. The primary areas of focus included conservation and environmental sustainability, mentorship and empowerment of disadvantaged youth along with outreach to those who are homeless, hungry or living in poverty. Linfield students not only volunteer locally, but participate in humanitarian projects across the globe. Linfield is ranked in the top 40 in the nation for participation in study-abroad programs, and sponsors servicelearning projects that include health care, outreach to children and housing. McKeegan leads Advancement division John McKeegan has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Linfield. At the college since 2010, McKeegan also serves as general counsel. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education – Institute for Educational Management in 2016.


Linfield Magazine Spring 2017
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