University Named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service

January 27, 2015

The University of Scranton was among the 766 higher education institutions in the nation named to 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Colleges named to the honor roll were recognized for their achievements in economic opportunity, education, interfaith community service and/or general community service. The University was recognized in three of these categories. Scranton was among the just 82 institutions recognized for Economic Opportunity Community Service and was among the 194 colleges recognized in the Education Community Service category. The University was also among the 663 colleges recognized in the General Community Service category.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which published the Honor Roll in December, the Economic Opportunity category of the President’s Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability and create more sustainable and resilient communities. The Education category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education. The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals.

Each year, more than 2,800 University students perform well over 170,000 service hours.

The CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the Honor Roll since 2006 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, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

This is the second recent national accolade the University has received for service. Earlier this month, the University was among just 361 colleges in the nation to earn the highly respected Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This classification, which stands for 10 years, recognizes universities with documented success in curricular engagement and outreach and partnership with community organizations.

 

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