Campus Pride has announced its 2014 list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way.
This is the first year Campus Pride has released a list of the fifty “Best of the Best.” In years past, Campus Pride has only featured a “Top 25 List.”
The listing is based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at CampusPrideIndex.org.
“More than ever colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students. LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the entire campus,” said Campus Pride Executive Director Shane L. Windmeyer.
Unlike the Princeton Review LGBT rankings released earlier this month, the Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy and programs; the Princeton Review is based on student surveys.
According to Windmeyer, “there is a lot to be learned” from the Top 50 campuses on this listing. Many of these campuses are specifically addressing recruitment and academic retention efforts for LGBT students as well as concerns for transgender student safety.
The Top 50 also geographically mirrors more progressive areas of the country where there has been a history of LGBT support and advocacy.
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