Westminster Named to National Community Service Honor Roll
Westminster College has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
This is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, civic engagement and community service.
“We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom,” says Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. “Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”
Westminster has been cited every year since the honor roll was established in 2006.
“Our mission here is to prepare our students to be the kind of leaders that make a difference wherever they find themselves and so commitment to community service is a major emphasis in our educational process,” says Jill Olson, Program Director for Community Engagement & Service-Learning, at the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service on the Westminster campus. “It is very gratifying to see their contributions to society recognized like this.”
Honorees for the Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is imbedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term, campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.
This year the awards committee was particularly impressed with mentoring and tutoring programs in the local Fulton school system, the Blue Jay Buddy Program at McIntire Elementary School and the Friends for Fun Program at Bartley Elementary School; New Student Service Day where approximately 350 students participated; the strong service commitment of Children and Youth in our Communities which included the Kid’s Activity Fair as a part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service; and a dramatic increase in the number of service-learning courses taught last year. Approximately 300 students participated in some sort of service-learning focused course.
“This is a great honor for the College to again receive the President’s Community Service Honor Roll recognition along with a number of other prestigious institutions from across the country,” says Olson. “This is an exciting time to be at Westminster in respect to our growing and thriving community.
View all of Westminster College's national recognitions here.
CNCS 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.
The agency oversees the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.