FAU Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
BOCA RATON, FL (May 26, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University was recently honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with a place on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in their service to America’s communities. FAU’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service was honored for its high level of participation by students in innovative community service programs.
“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The CNCS recognized 641 colleges and universities. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction and six received the Presidential Award.
The Community Service Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the significant role that colleges and universities and their students, faculty and staff play in helping to solve social problems in American communities. The CNCS had a nine percent increase in the number of higher education institutions that applied for the 2010 Honor Roll and attributes the increase to their growing interest in engaging students to make a difference in their communities.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. The CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.
For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.