Some of the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom.
Twenty-eight U.S. college presidents are teaching on a global scale as they sign on to The President's Pledge Against Global Poverty. The pledge is a public commitment from current and former college presidents to donate 5 percent of their own salary to fight global poverty both nationally and internationally to organizations of their choice.
Ann M. Svennungsen, the former president of Texas Lutheran University, came up with the idea after conversation with colleagues in higher education.
"Why do these presidents make this pledge publicly?" Svennungsen wrote on the website. "To raise awareness that ending extreme poverty is within our reach, to galvanize the collective will to end suffering caused by severe poverty, and to inspire greater giving to organizations that are doing efficient and effective work."
Is your college president on the list? See which presidents have committed below!
President of the College of Saint Benedict located in St. Joseph, Minn.
President of Barry University located in Miami Shores, Fla.
President of Clarke University located in Dubuque, Iowa.
Gaylen J. Byker
President of Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Chancellor of Syracuse University located in Syracuse, N.Y.
Michael J. Garanzini
President of Loyola University located in Chicago, Ill.
President of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Penn.
President of the University of Hartford, located in Hartford, Conn.
President of Valparaiso University located in Valparaiso, Ind. <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> An earlier version of this slide misnamed the university. </em>
Dennis H. Holtschneider
President of DePaul University located in Chicago, Ill.
John J. Hurley
President of Canisius College located in Buffalo, N.Y.
Nannerl O. Keohane
President Emerita at Duke University and Wellesley College in Durham, N.C.
President of Donnelly College located in Kansas City, Kan.
James T. Laney
President Emeritus of Emory University located in Atlanta, Ga.
Jane Dammen McAuliffe
President of Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, Penn.
Margaret A. McKenna
President Emerita of Lesley University located in Cambridge, Mass.
Mary J. Meehan
President of Alverno College located in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Shirley A. Mullen
President of Houghton College located in Houghton, N.Y.
President of Marywood College located in Scranton, Penn.
Christopher B. Nelson
President of St. John's College located in Annapolis, Md.
President of Mount Holyoke College located in South Hadley, Mass.
President of Elms College located in Chicopee, Mass.
Kevin P. Reilly
President of the University of Wisconsin located in Madison, Wisc.
President Emeritus of Columbia and Rice Universities located in New York City, N.Y.
President of Baylor University located in Waco, Texas.
President of the University of Saint Mary located in Leavenworth, Kan.
Ann M. Svennungsen
Past president of Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas.
Christopher M. Thomforde
President of Moravian College located in Bethlehem, Penn.