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Indiana University Bloomington receives recognition for community service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Indiana University Bloomington as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
IU Bloomington was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
"This is another important affirmation of our engagement and outreach efforts and of the hard work done by our service-learning staff and the students and faculty who participate in these activities," said Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "Coming on the heels of the Carnegie engagement classification, announced earlier this year, it shows that IU Bloomington has a positive impact well beyond the Sample Gates."
IU Bloomington provides numerous opportunities for service and civic engagement through the Service-Learning Program in the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and through the activities of campus organizations and academic units. In January, it was selected for 2010 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing the campus's commitment to engagement through teaching, research, service and partnerships.
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.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was named to the Honor Roll with distinction. Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington was named to the Honor Roll.
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a 9-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.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.