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Sixteen CSU Campuses Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their Outstanding Commitment to Service

 

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(February 10, 2009) – Sixteen California State University campuses have received the highest federal honor that universities can receive for their commitment to service learning and civic engagement; one campus, California State University, Fresno, garnered one of the prestigious six top awards.

The CSU’s 16 campuses are among 635 institutions of higher learning that were named this week to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Launched in 2006, 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," said 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."

California State University, Fresno, was awarded one of the six top Presidential Awards.  The university’s service activities involved 10,520 students, nearly half of its student body, during the 2008 Honor Roll period. The type of service ranged from the Bulldog Pantry, an emergency food pantry organized and operated by Fresno State students, to an international service-learning project where students taught English to over 250 children in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Four CSU campuses received that Honor Roll with Distinction designation: Monterey Bay, Northridge, San Marcos and San Francisco among 83 campuses nationally.

Named as Honor Roll members were eleven CSU campuses: Chico, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Josť, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus. They are among 546 universities nationwide to receive this designation.

"I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 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," said 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, 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.

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