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14 Cal State Campuses Receive National Community Service Awards

(February 21, 2008) Ė Fourteen California State University campuses recently received national recognition for exemplary contributions to service in their communities in the second annual 2007 Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

California State University, Fresno was recognized as one of four institutions to receive a new Special Achievement Award for outstanding service by a minority-serving institution. This past fall the university also established the first CSU endowed center in support of service learning and community engagement Ė The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. It was named in honor of the Richters and their generous donation of $3.5 million.

The other honored CSU campuses are:

Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction:

  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • CSU Chico
  • Cal State L.A.
  • CSU Fullerton
  • Cal State Northridge
  • Humboldt State
  • San Francisco State

Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Members:

  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Stanislaus
  • CSU San Bernardino
  • Cal State San Marcos
  • San Jose State University

The CSU Trustees passed a landmark resolution in 2000 ensuring that all CSU students had the opportunity to participate in community service/service learning. Since 2000, partnerships with private foundations and federal agencies have brought the CSU $16.5 million in support of community engagement activities systemwide.

Nearly 1.4 million CSU students have engaged in a variety of community service-learning activities since 1999; their contribution to their communities, calculated on a minimum wage rate, equates to a value of $1.5 billion.

The Presidentís Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve American program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact, and the Presidentís Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Launched in 2006, the Presidentís Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

Last Update: February 22, 2008

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