Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Antioch University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Antioch University was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.
“Antioch University Seattle is proud to be a part of the Antioch University system that received this national recognition,” stated President Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet. “The service that our faculty and students provide to the greater Seattle community through internships, service learning, change projects, and volunteering have been recognized with this prestigious honor. I am proud of the community service work we perform and will continue to do into the future. Way to go Antioch University!”
Chancellor Toni Murdock also noted that “Antioch University has at its core a strong institutional commitment to community service and the role it plays in helping to solve pressing social problems in our nation’s communities. I am proud that the contributions made by our dedicated faculty, students and staff are being recognized through this high honor to our institution. Their commitments through community service are boundless.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered theHonor 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.
“What sets us apart in this field of recipients is that this honor is being given to Antioch University, a national institution with campuses from coast to coast,” said Chancellor Murdock. “From New England to California; from Washington state to our nation’s heartland, we are being recognized for our collective contributions and we could not be more proud of this achievement.”
“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. “Congratulations to Antioch University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine-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 their communities.
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. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
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. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (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 Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.