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Indiana universities receive lackluster report cards

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Indiana University (campus pictured above) received a B on the 2011 Green Report Card

Students aren't the only ones receiving grade cards at colleges anymore; the schools themselves are being graded, too. Both Purdue North Central and Valparaiso Universities appeared on the annual "Green Report Card," although the grades they received certainly wouldn't get them on the Dean's List.

According to an Oct. 27th report from the Post-Tribune:

Valparaiso University received a C+ in the 2011 report card, up from a C last year. For the first time, the report includes Purdue North Central, which debuts with a D.

The "College Sustainability Report Card 2011" assessed the sustainability of 322 colleges in nine categories from administration, endowment transparency and investor priorities to food and recycling, transportation and energy savings. The report is intended to help schools learn from each other's experiences.

More than half of all schools earned a B grade overall.

While Valparaiso's Green Report Card grade might not have proved them to be overly environmentally friendly, it must be said that they have been working hard to improve their standing. When Valpo first appeared on the report card in 2009 they received a D+, which, as any student knows, makes their full letter grade jump to a C+ rather impressive in its own right.

Despite the fact that Northwestern Indiana schools were dangerously close to flunking the progress report, the colleges rated in other parts of the state performed markedly better. Indiana University, for example, received a respectable B, while Notre Dame earned a solid B+ on this year's assessment.

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