Scranton Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

05/21/11

The University of Scranton was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2010. The honor roll is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

The list of just more than 500 colleges in the nation was made public in May. Scranton is among just 36 colleges in the nation and 17 schools in Pennsylvania to be named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll.

Each year, approximately 2,850 University of Scranton students provide more than 170,000 hours of volunteer service through local, domestic and international service programs and service learning. Scranton has more than 160 for-credit courses with a service-learning component taught by more than 70 faculty members. Thirty-three percent of Scranton students participate in these classes and 42 percent of the University’s academic departments have a service-learning requirement.

University of Scranton students volunteer at numerous organizations throughout northeast Pennsylvania, as well as at campus initiatives such as those offered through The Leahy Community Health and Family Center and events organized through the University’s Community Outreach Office. Students have also participated in several national and international service trips.

Scranton students also serve through projects incorporated into their academic courses, which range from developing advertising campaigns for area nonprofit organizations to assisting with neighborhood revitalization programs.

Launched in 2006, the President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher learning that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. Universities recognized were selected based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of students participating in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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