University of Redlands Again Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service
Redlands is among only five institutions in the nation named to the honor roll “with distinction” each year since the award’s inception
REDLANDS, CA (May 18, 2011)— The Corporation for National and Community Service has again honored the University of Redlands as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Of the 641 schools and universities recognized on this year’s Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, Redlands is among the 114 institutions named to the Honor Roll with distinction.
The University represents one of only five schools in the country that have received the designation each year since the award’s inception in 2006. Additionally, in 2007, Redlands was one of three schools in the nation chosen for the Corporation’s highest award, the Presidential award, for service to disadvantaged youth.
“What is extraordinary about this year is that we were once again named ‘with distinction.’ For us, it marks the fifth consecutive year,” said Tony Mueller, director of the University’s Community Service Learning office.
Other institutions included all five years on the Honor Roll with distinction list are California State University at Monterey Bay, Bates College in Maine, Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Mueller said that the recognition is largely due to Redlands’ commitment to non-profit work study opportunities, a community service graduation requirement, faculty members who build service into their curriculum and a student body that serves upwards of 100,000 hours each year.
“Being named to the Honor Roll ‘with distinction’ each year is a testament to the University of Redlands’ commitment to embedding service into the undergraduate experience,” he said.
During the University’s current May Term, more than 425 students are participating in some form of academic service here or abroad, Mueller said. That is being done through courses that integrate service, such as a psychology course on aging where students provide service at a local senior center, and a variety of community outreach programs such as the University’s Big Buddies partnership. Students are also taking advantage of work study opportunities with non-profits.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (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.
"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.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 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 regarding the award and the University’s community service program, visit the Community Service Learning office website. For more information on CNCS, visit NationalService.gov.