Case Western Reserve University was recently recognized for its commitment to the community when it was named number six on the "Saviors of Our Cities" list of "best neighbor" urban colleges and universities. The schools were noted for positive social and economic benefits in their home communities.
Evan Dobelle, president of the New England Board of Higher Education, compiled the list based on the schools' "strong positive contribution of careful strategic planning and thoughtful use of resources," according to a news release announcing the list. The schools "have dramatically strengthened the economy and quality of life of their neighboring communities and have become 'Saviors of Our Cities,'" according to the release.
"The extraordinary efforts of these and other colleges have made higher education one of the great growth industries in America and have given a sense of confidence and hope as well as stability to cities that would otherwise be struggling in a world of mergers, downsizing and global outsourcing that has eroded the traditional urban economic base," said Dobelle, an expert in the field of higher education and cities.
The university is involved in several community projects, and partners with neighboring institutions on a regular basis. Examples include the annual "Case for Community Day," which takes place this year on September 13. Hundreds of staff, faculty and students will participate in community projects such as landscaping for elderly neighbors, creating "hope totes" for children living at Providence House, and collecting and sorting canned goods to be donated to the food bank. Also on September 13, the university begins its annual "Charity Choice" campaign, a fundraiser benefiting approximately 230 nonprofit organizations. In 2005, the Case community contributed approximately $148 million through the Charity Choice campaign.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.