Seton Hill U. Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Seton Hill University today with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.
“We are proud of our students and their dedication to serve their community, both locally and abroad. Service learning and community service projects are woven into the curriculum and are hallmarks of the Seton Hill University mission and educational experience. This award affirms the tremendous emphasis that Seton Hill places on such opportunities, which help students transform the world in which they live,” said Dr. Charmaine Strong, dean of students.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
In 2007-2008, 785 Seton Hill students took part in academic service learning; 727 students were engaged in forms of community service other than academic service learning; and 453 students were involved in at least 20 hours of community service per semester. Seton Hill University students provided 25,812 service hours overall.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Seton Hill University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.
“I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day – as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others,” said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.
Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.