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Portland State University Recognized as One of 25 "Saviors of Our Cities"
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8794
Posted: September 5, 2006

Two new national rankings recognize Portland State University as one of 25 “Saviors of Our Cities” as well as one of the “Best Colleges in the West.”

Portland State and 24 other universities were chosen as “Saviors of Our Cities” by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) for exemplary examples of community revitalization and cultural renewal, economic drivers of the local economy and advocates of community service and urban developers, both commercially as well as in housing.

The NEBHE cited Portland State University for a strong positive contribution of careful strategic planning and thoughtful use of resources that has dramatically strengthened the economy and quality of life of the neighboring community. Criteria for the list included PSU’s longstanding involvement with the urban community, a catalyst effect on additional partners for social and economic change, and faculty and student involvement in community service.

“The extraordinary efforts of these and other colleges have made higher education one of the great growth industries in America,” said Evan Dobelle, NEBHE president. “The list is designed to recognize 25 outstanding institutions that represent hundreds of others whose every day become more and more important by providing stability in every social indices in cities across America.”

Portland State University was also named one of Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges in the West” for the second year in a row. Chosen from student opinion polls, complete results are listed in The Best 361 Colleges, 2007 Edition. Copies are available through Random House/Princeton Review, along with online and local bookstores ($21.95, 816 pages, 0-375-76558-1). The Princeton Review is a New York City-based company known for its test prep courses, education services and books and is not affliated with Princeton University.

Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The 47-acre downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 120 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students spans the globe.

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For Immediate Release (#06-105)

Source: Amanda Krupkoski (617-357-9620)
Media Coordinator, New England Board of Higher Education