AU earns place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Wed, 2013-03-13 16:09 -- univcomm
The President's Honor Roll for Higher Education Community Service
March 13, 2013

Anderson University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“Anderson University has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Dr. Marie Morris, provost of Anderson University. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award — and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

“Service at Anderson University takes place in and out of the classroom as well as in and off campus,” said Stephanie Moran, director of the Community Partnership Center. “Students participated in 20,180 hours of service learning during the 2011-2012 year. Another 17,888 hours of service took place through student ministries, social club service projects, international projects, and local community service. Efforts range from volunteering at community partner organizations to developing comprehensive business plans for not-for-profit businesses. Students represent different majors and diverse students groups.”

“Congratulations to Anderson University, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). “Through their work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.