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Peace Corps Fellows Program Among Top 10 in National Ranking

The following excerpt comes from the Western Illinois University News in Macomb, Illinois and was originally published on April 20, 2012.

“Of the more than 70 schools that participate in the Peace Corps' unique Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program, Western Illinois University is one of the top schools in the nation for the number of students currently enrolled.

According to a Chicago Regional Peace Corps Office press release, with 13 returned Peace Corps volunteers enrolled in the Coverdell Fellows graduate program, WIU's Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development ranks number 10 in the 2012 rankings of top Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

‘Most of the schools in the top 10 are longstanding Coverdell Fellows program schools,’ said Karen Mauldin-Curtis, program manager of the WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program. ‘Teachers College/Columbia is the flagship program -- focusing exclusively on preparing returned Peace Corps volunteers for teaching careers in urban schools -- and Johns Hopkins was the first school in the program to focus on health and nursing. Our program at Western was the first to move into the field of community development, and out of the 70-plus programs now, more than 20 of them are in the field of community development. Although this has increased the competition for the recruitment and retention of qualified students, we've continued to work hard to meet our enrollment goals,’ she added.”

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