IU Bloomington ranked a top Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows graduate school
Bloomington, Indiana --
With 13 returned Peace Corps volunteers enrolled in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program, Indiana University Bloomington is No. 10 in a ranking of Peace Corps Master's International and Coverdell Fellows graduate schools. IU Bloomington is the only school in Indiana to offer both programs to its students.
Students in the Coverdell Fellows graduate program, offered at IU through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, volunteer in nonprofit or public-sector positions during their master's degree education, utilizing skills obtained during their Peace Corps service to assist underserved American communities.
"I think SPEA has a strong commitment to the Peace Corps," said Phaelen Parker, a student in SPEA's Master of Public Affairs program, who served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia from 2006 to 2008. Parker said SPEA's dedication to the Peace Corps Fellows program was a large part of his decision to apply to and attend Indiana University.
"We're proud of this ranking and especially what it says about the quality of the education and the experience here for returned Peace Corps volunteers," said Jennifer Forney, SPEA director of graduate student services. "The School of Public and Environmental Affairs has a long tradition of welcoming RPCVs. Their global perspective, cultural empathy and devotion to service aligns and enriches all that we do. This ranking is motivation to continue and deepen that relationship."
The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program at IU has been in place since 2005, offering graduate degrees in public affairs and environmental sciences in SPEA. Additionally, IU offers Peace Corps Master's International programs under SPEA and also with the IU School of Education.
IU's 13 Coverdell Fellows graduate students have served as Peace Corps volunteers in various areas around the world including Africa, South America and Eastern Europe.
Overall, more than 1,550 Indiana University alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Currently, 51 IU alums are serving as Peace Corps volunteers in communities abroad. About 150 Indiana residents are currently serving in Peace Corps, with more than 3,063 Indiana residents having served.
To view the entire top 10 rankings of Master's International and Coverdell Fellows universities and colleges, visit the Peace Corps website.