UCR Celebrates Inclusion in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

This is the fourth time UCR has received the distinction

The UCR women’s rugby team teamed up with members of Lutheran churches to help 82-year-old Korean War veteran Larry Sell to paint his mobile home in Dec. 2013.

On Dec. 8, UCR was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education.

As UCR prepares to apply to the 2015 Honor Roll, the university celebrates the fact that UCR has received the distinction four times since the CNCS started recognizing campuses in 2006.

The award recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. It’s a federal recognition given to institutions which are commited to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.

According to the 2014 UC Undergraduate Experiences Survey (UCUES), 47 percent of UCR students performed community service or participated in volunteer activities, compared to a systemwide average of 48.1 percent. In addition, 36 percent of UCR undergraduates spent one to five hours per week performing community service while 4.5 percent spent 11 to 15 hours per week.

LaRae Lundgren, associate vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment, said, “UCR has a deep institutional commitment to community service, one that is rooted in our tradition as a land grant public research university. Community service is woven into the fabric of UCR’s mission statement; hence, to pass such a value on to our students is of the utmost importance.”

The CNCS recognition also exemplifies at least two of UCR’s strategic goals, Lundgren said. It fosters a rich campus culture of engagement by partnering with our diverse community, and encourages and supports projects that benefit and involve the community, while teaching students things they would not learn in the classroom. She added, “It is important to UCR to give back to its community via all possible pathways, to include community service.”   

According to CNCS, the more students are exposed to community service at school, the more they are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in their communities.

“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said in a statement. “These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”

A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University of California, San Diego was the only other UC named to the honor roll. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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