Redlands Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Honor roll seal for community service.

The University of Redlands has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction— the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The university has been named to the Honor Roll, with distinction, every year since its inception except for 2007, when Redlands was one of three schools in the nation to earn the Presidential Award for Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities this year for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

Among the programs the university highlighted for the 2009 application were CHAMPS, “I’m Going to College,” Middle Buddies, REACH, Japers Corner and SEEDS. “Most of these programs, on some level, introduce the idea of college to high school children,” said Tony Mueller, director of the university’s Community Service Learning Office.

“Being named again as an Honor Roll recipient is always a compliment to our entire campus—particularly this year being named as an institution with distinction for providing access to college. It's a university-wide effort to run programs like ‘I'm Going to College’ and CHAMPS, and we begin these outreach programs when children are in grade school,” Mueller said. “Our institution is committed to introducing the idea of a higher education to our local children.”

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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.

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 Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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