Evergreen named only public college in the west that 'changes lives'

July 1, 2006

Evergreen named only public college in the west that 'changes lives'

Washington's liberal arts college one of only three schools in West to receive honor

A revised and expanded book by a former New York Times education editor features The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. as one of two public institutions in the nation as a "College That Changes Lives."

The newly expanded and revised "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges" addresses this era when college rankings and name-brand recognition seem to drive the search process, leaving many students, parents and counselors questioning the options for a good college match. Author Loren Pope educates families about their choices and profiles 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values, initiative and risk-taking in a wide range of students. Evergreen was featured in early 2006 by National Public Radio as the nation's only public college listed in the popular college guide.

Pope, the author of Looking Beyond the Ivy League, believes that the college search should be focused on each student's individual learning style and interests rather than on magazine rankings. This new edition not only re-examines colleges previously recognized, but also looks at college admission for homeschooled and learning disabled. Pope's book specifically examines the life-long benefits of a liberal arts education for today's students in this increasingly dynamic and technology driven world that we live in today. The book also provides information on the success of graduates from the 40 colleges.

After careers as an education journalist and college administrator, author Loren Pope founded the College Placement Bureau. More than 100,000 copies of his book have been sold — the revised and expanded edition is available nation wide for $15.

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