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Bentley College Cited In Templeton Guide As Leader In Character Development

November 17, 1999

Waltham, Mass.- Bentley College has been recognized for leadership in the field of student character development in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development. The guidebook was released nationwide on Oct. 22.

Designed "for students, parents and educators who believe that character matters," The Templeton Guide contains profiles of 405 exemplary college programs in 10 categories, 50 colleges that have exercised leadership in character development, and 100 colleges and universities named to the Templeton Honor Roll for their record of commitment to inspiring students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. Established in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation works closely with educators, scientists, theologians, medical professionals and other scholars throughout the world to support more than 100 programs serving three chief purposes: to encourage character development in schools and colleges; to encourage an appreciation for the benefits of freedom; and to stimulate serious and scientific research on the relationship between spirituality and health.

Bentley is profiled in the Volunteer Service Programs category for the Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC), which teaches students to integrate traditional classroom learning with hands-on, course-related work in the community. Established in 1990, BSLC provides service scholarships and work positions to students who serve as participant consultants using skills learned in the arts and sciences and business curriculums. The benefits are two-fold; students gain valuable experience, and their contributions have a positive impact in the Waltham and Greater Boston communities.

"BSLC strives to instill in students a sensitivity to cultural and intellectual diversity, as well as the capacity to be collaborative while maintaining a strong sense of personal responsibility," said Rob Koulish, director of BSLC and assistant professor of Government. "Bentley is the only business school in the United States with a cross-disciplinary service-learning program and an extensive scholarship and work program at the undergraduate level."

Programs noted in the guide include City Year Serve-a-Thon; the BankBoston-Bentley College Forum; Junior Achievement; America Reads; Bentley Immigration Assistance Program; and the BSLC Scholarship Program.

"Bentley's strong commitment to character development and the strength of its program make it a model for colleges and universities nationwide," said Arthur Schwartz, EdD, director of Character Development Programs at the John Templeton Foundation. "With The Templeton Guide, we hope to help prospective students and their parents who want to know what colleges are doing to promote the core values of honesty, self-control, respect, and service to those less fortunate. The Templeton Guide identifies colleges that encourage students to understand the importance of civic responsibility, which will help them succeed in college and beyond. Bentley's work in this area is very impressive."

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 www.bentley.edu

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