April 01, 2013

Hamline University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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Hamline University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Hamline received this honor in recognition of students' extraordinary volunteer efforts serving local communities, for the university's dynamic programs that connect scholarship to service, and for achieving meaningful outcomes in its community. Schools receiving this honor provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills, and intellect to serve their communities.

In particular, Hamline was recognized for its comprehensive programs that connect scholarship to service learning. One example is the Hamline Elementary School/Hamline University Collaboration. This partnership includes academic support, social mentoring, curriculum enrichment and one-to-one tutoring for both math and reading literacy that has resulted in significant achievement gains for the elementary school students. More than twenty percent of Hamline undergraduate students are involved in the collaboration during their time at Hamline.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program 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 and Campus Compact.

"Congratulations to Hamline University, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.  "Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.