University Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll
Dec. 11, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President’s
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s fifth consecutive
year on the Honor Roll and its sixth in the eight years of the designation.
“Community engagement, volunteering and service are aspects of an Illinois Wesleyan
education that we feel are very important,” said President Richard F. Wilson. “Students
who are engaged during their college years tend to be engaged citizens, which means
they are more likely to give back to their communities and to those in need.”
The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary
community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus
community partnerships. A total of 766 institutions nationwide were honored for their
work in one of four categories – general community service, interfaith community service,
economic opportunity and education. Illinois Wesleyan was recognized for its efforts
in general community service.
Illinois Wesleyan’s strategic plan, IWU 2020, includes goals for students to engage
in robust, fully integrated student experiences that emphasize collaboration regarding
community service, service-learning, human rights and social justice.
CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award
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.
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering
and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours
of service across the country.