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Bentley Chosen For The Princeton Review's New Book, "Colleges With A Conscience"

March 13, 2005

Waltham, Mass. -- Bentley is one of the nation's best colleges fostering social responsibility and public service, according to The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. It is one of 81 institutions in 33 states that The Princeton Review commends and features in its forthcoming book, COLLEGES WITH A CONSCIENCE: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement (Random House/ Princeton Review Books, $18.95 paperback). Available in bookstores on June 21, 2005, the book has two-page profiles on each college and advice for applicants. Bentley's Service-Learning Center was also recently named one of the 20 best programs in the country for the second successive year by U.S. News & World Report. The publication singled out programs for making service in the community an important element of academic coursework.

"A college with a conscience," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review V.P., Admission Services, "has both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. Education at these schools isn't only about private gain: it's about the public good."

"Service to the community is a key component of Bentley's mission," says Dr. Franklyn Salimbene, director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center. "We offer an education that promotes a student's individual and professional growth. Part of that growth requires that they assume a positive role in the wider community. The service-learning program was developed to enhance that focus and to develop highly educated professionals and civically responsible individuals. It is very gratifying to the entire Bentley community to be recognized in this way."

The Princeton Review partnered with Campus Compact, a national organization committed to the civic purposes of higher education, to develop COLLEGES WITH A CONSCIENCE and choose the schools featured in the book. The book's editors also invited dozens of organizations with expertise in campus community service and student engagement to nominate colleges for inclusion. Criteria included: the college's admissions practices and scholarships rewarding community service; support for service-learning programs, student activism, and student voice in school governance; and level of social engagement of its student body.

The Princeton Review and Campus Compact winnowed a list of 100 schools from a pool of over 900 colleges. From this shortlist, the editors collected extensive data about schools' service programs and policies, surveying their students and faculty/staff. The 81 schools chosen for COLLEGES WITH A CONSCIENCE represent a diverse range of institutions by geographic region, campus size, setting (urban/rural), and type (public/private).

Each two-page profile provides detailed information about civic engagement and service-learning programs on campus, in the classroom, and in the community, as well as advice for applicants. The book also includes a section on researching colleges with service-learning programs and gaining financial support for service. Profiles of 15 students share perceptions and feedback about their civic engagement activities, advice, and experience.

Bentley established the Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC) in 1990 to promote service and learning, and to lay the foundation for students' long-term civic engagement. Since its founding, BSLC has become nationally recognized as a leader in service-learning. BSLC credit programs in both the business and liberal arts curricula have engaged students in a wide range of projects and activities valuable both to them and to the wider community. The Center provides approximately 425 Bentley students each semester with a variety of service-learning projects that promote the dual objective of service and learning.

COLLEGES WITH A CONSCIENCE is one of nearly 200 books developed by The Princeton Review in a line published by Random House. The line includes several other college guides, plus guides to graduate schools, standardized tests, careers, and learning resource books.

The Princeton Review is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, books and other education services. Headquartered in New York City with offices across the USA and abroad, it is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents committed to supporting the public purposes of higher education. Its national office is in Providence, RI, and it has local offices in 30 states. For more information about Princeton Review Books, contact Jeanne Krier at 212-539-1350.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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