RIVERSIDE, Calif. – In a follow-up to its inaugural college ranking released in September, the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education on December 2 named La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution, the most diverse higher education institution in the West, as well as the nation.
For most ambitious basketball-playing high school seniors, scholarship offers from top-tier universities would be a dream come true.
But for Alexis Davis, the golden opportunities with Princeton and Rider universities in New Jersey, the University of North Carolina, Howard University in Washington D.C. and others had one major drawback – their basketball teams played games on the Sabbath which she and her family had faithfully observed all of her life. Davis declined the offers.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced Jan. 7 La Sierra University’s community engagement re-classification, a designation that recognizes an institution’s collaboration with its local, national, and global communities for a variety of purposes including the enrichment of research, enhancement of teaching and learning, strengthening of democratic values and civic responsibility as well as contribution to the public good.