Camarillo, Calif., June 6, 2011 – For the second year in a row, CSU Channel Islands (CI) has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. It recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raises the visibility of best practices in university-community partnerships.
“I’m delighted that the innovative work of our faculty and staff in creating opportunities that change the lives of our students is being recognized through this Honor Roll. It is further evidence of the tremendous value that CI brings to the local community,” stated Dawn Neuman, CI’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
This year a total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a 9% increase over last year, an indication of growing commitment by colleges and universities to engage students in making a difference in their communities. Of that total number, 511 institutions of higher learning were named to the Honor Roll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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 Educations. 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.
CI tallied service hours from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, giving a total number of 16,258 community service hours completed by CI’s students.
CI’s commitment to service learning has been, since its inception, one of the primary focal points of its educational philosophy, enriching students, faculty and the community they serve.
By recognizing institutions for their service commitment, the Honor Roll aims to expand the impact of service in tackling community needs, putting more students on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement to improve their communities and their country.
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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.