Penn State graduates among leaders in teaching underserved

University Park, Pa. — A recent report from Teach For America ranks Penn State as one of the top schools in the number of graduates who go on to teach underserved populations in urban and rural schools.

The University came in 10th among schools with a student population larger than 10,000, with 46 graduates choosing the Teach For America corps. Penn State tied with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been ranked among the top schools since Teach For America began releasing its rankings in 2008.

Teach For America works to eliminate educational inequities among children raised in poverty and their higher-income counterparts. The corps recruits members from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance and leadership. Corps members agree to teach for two years in one of 39 rural and urban regions across the United States.

Last year, more than 35,000 individuals applied to Teach For America, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. In 2009, the corps grew to more than 4,000 members and continued to enroll academically strong and increasingly diverse leaders. Incoming corps members earned an average grade-point average of 3.6 and a combined SAT score of 1333, and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates.

Other schools in the top 10 include Cornell University and the universities of Texas, Michigan, California-Berkeley, California-Los Angeles, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Georgia.

Learn more about the corps at http://teachforamerica.org online.

Last Updated June 22, 2011