University Receives National Recognition for Community Service


University Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Recognized for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement, Cal Poly Pomona has been named to the 2008 Presidents' Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The university is among 16 CSU campuses and 546 universities nationwide to receive this designation, a prestigious federal honor for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. Awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the honor roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.

“I am proud of the outstanding service our students provide to their communities on a daily basis. Our faculty and staff are equally engaged, providing leadership and innovative teaching practices,” says CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Nearly 50 percent of our students now participate in service, which equates to 32 million hours of service for an economic impact of $624 million. This is a tremendous accomplishment, given our students' overloaded schedules of school, work and family obligations. Many times it is the neediest students who give the most to their communities.”

Other CSU campuses named to the honor roll are: Chico, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Jose, San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus. Cal State Fresno was awarded one of the six top Presidential Awards, and the Monterey Bay, Northridge, San Marcos and San Francisco campuses received the Honor Roll with Distinction designation

“College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day — as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others,” says American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad, former executive vice chancellor for the California State University.  

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.  A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.