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Taylor University Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service

Published: Apr 16, 2013

Taylor University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). It marks Taylor’s first time to be included on the Honor Roll with distinction.

According to the CNCS, the Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement and recognition from the highest levels of the federal government.

"It is a great honor for Taylor University to be included in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction," said Dr. Carol Sisson, assistant professor of psychology at Taylor. “I believe it is a positive reflection of our commitment as faculty, staff, and students, to engage with our local and broader community. Through practical service learning courses, extensive volunteer opportunities, and other aspects of civic engagement, students are realizing the importance of learning from as well as serving the people with whom they come in contact."

A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to this year’s Honor Roll. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours. 

The classification recognizes a historic emphasis on community service and engagement at Taylor University. In addition to special programs that include Lighthouse (overseas learning and ministry), Community Outreach and various Spring Break trips sponsored by Taylor World Outreach, a number of academic courses train Taylor students for community service. They include: Influencing At-Risk Youth in Alternative Education (a social work class) and Adolescent Psychology (psychology class).

During a typical academic year, more than 2,000 students on average engage in some form of community service with nearly half giving at least 20 hours a week.

“Congratulations to Taylor 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.”

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.

More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found here

Taylor University has been the number one Baccalaureate College in the Midwest Region of the U.S. News & World Report Survey America’s Best Colleges for six straight years.

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.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 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.