Fourth year on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is among 12 South Carolina colleges named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The award, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the highest federal honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is Wofford’s fourth year receiving the distinction.
Through Wofford’s Center for Global and Community Service in 2010, students participated in about 80,000 hours of service learning activities in the community, including working with the Spartanburg Alzheimer’s Association on a creative writing program to improve cognition functions; offering English for (Adult) Speakers of Other Languages; and working with a Wofford healthy eating initiative in Spartanburg elementary schools. In the Bonner Scholars Program, 60 students provide 18,000 hours over the year in community service.
“Being recognized on the federal level for this work is truly wonderful and affirms that we are on the right track, but we cannot rest. We want to continue improving our effectiveness in creating positive social impact, at helping students develop the skills and understanding they need to be successful global citizens, and in our collaboration and partnership with other community members,” said Jessalyn Wynn Story, director of Bonner Scholars and service learning.
About the Honor Roll 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 the community. Of these, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
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.
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.
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, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.