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Annual Report | 2009-10
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Notable Accomplishments  
Eastern has made great strides as the University moves ahead to realize its vision of creating an unparalleled college experience for its students and achieving national distinction.
Eastern is ranked in the top 100 regional universities in the North in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 edition of “Best Colleges.” Eastern was the 28th top public institution on the list and was also the highest-ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities.

The North region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

For the second year in a row, the University was selected by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” Only 97 colleges out of 5,800 institutions of higher education in the United States were awarded the honor. In addition to being recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” Eastern placed in the top 10 among medium-sized colleges in the category of “Collaborative Governance.”

Eastern’s President Elsa Núñez was named to the Presidents Trust, a group of national educators formed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to advance the cause of liberal education in the United States; Eastern is Connecticut’s only public liberal arts university.

Eastern was also honored as a member of President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row. This is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Eastern was one of only five Connecticut institutions to make the honor roll, joining Wesleyan University, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut. 

Eastern is also one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the Princeton Review. The “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council and the nationally known education services company, selected Eastern for its commitment to the environment through campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

The Science Building won the top award for “best designed” for 2009 from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.