Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nation’s Top Colleges for Community Service Receive Presidential Recognition

Nation’s Top Colleges for Community Service Receive Presidential Recognition
19 Indiana Campus Compact Campuses Receive Titles

Indianapolis, IN – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored the nation's leading institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Six colleges and universities received Presidential Awards in the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. The University of Notre Dame was recognized as a finalist for Presidential Awards.

Congratulations to Indiana Campus Compact member campuses:

Honor Roll Finalist:

  • University of Notre Dame

Honor Roll with Distinction Members:

  • Franklin College
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Honor Roll Members:

  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • DePauw University
  • Earlham College
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana - Bloomington
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-South Central
  • Manchester College
  • Marian University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University North Central
  • Taylor University
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Saint Francis
  • University of Southern Indiana

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.

Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, ICC serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.indianacampuscompact.org.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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