The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development is a guidebook designed for students, parents and educators who believe that character matters. Following are some of the leading colleges/universities featured in this guidebook:

- The John Templeton Foundation named Saint Louis University (SLU) one of 325 colleges and universities nationwide that promotes character growth and development among the student body.

- Two programs at Michigan State University (MSU) have been recognized for leadership in the field of student character development in the guidebook. The two programs are: (i) The Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leads students on a 24 to 30-month journey that is characterized by active, experiential, progressively self-directed, increasingly complex and reflective learning; (ii) The Bailey program (a 21-credit specialization) complements and supplements the students' major fields of study.

- University of South Dakota (USD) Civic Leadership program is the oldest, most well-established program in the Midwest. The Templeton Foundation has identified the program as one of the best of its kind in the nation and lists USD among its "Colleges that encourage character development".

- The guidebook lists California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Student Leadership Institute among "Exemplary Programs" in the student leadership category.

- The John Templeton Foundation, in its guidebook "Colleges That Encourage Character Development", recognizes Abilene Christian University (ACU) in its categories of Presidential Leadership, Civic Education and Senior-Year Programs.

* Suggested Reading:

2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges

Daily Beast College Rankings 2011

Princeton Review Best Colleges 2012

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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