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USF Lauded for Community Service

University of San Francisco students’ commitment to community continued to draw commendation in 2008, with the university making the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service for the third year running.

USF was among the top 89 schools to be honored “with distinction” or better by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the honor roll. A total of 635 schools made the honor roll. Eight California institutes of higher education, including USF, were recognized “with distinction,” behind only California State University, Fresno, which was one of six universities nationwide to win the honor roll’s most prestigious Presidential Award.

“Recognition by the Corporation for National and Community Service acknowledges that very few schools blend (academic rigor and community service) as successfully at USF,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “The city of the San Francisco and the university are both better served by USF's purposeful education.”

Launched in 2006, the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service is the highest federal distinction a school can achieve for its commitment to volunteer work, service-learning, and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on a series of criteria.

“Reasons for (USF’s) selection include the large number of students engaged in service-learning and community service in a single year, 3,572, the total number of hours USF students were so engaged, 216,648, the exemplary nature of USF’s community service projects, and the quality of projects that addressed the year’s special focus on service to improve high school graduation and college readiness for youth from disadvantaged circumstances,” said Alan Ziajka, USF director of institutional research.

Both the number of students taking part in community service and the hours worked have increased steadily in recent years, climbing from 3,428 students and 199,900 hours in 2007.

“We salute the University of San Francisco for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Overall, six schools were honored with Presidential Awards. An additional 83 were named as “Honor Roll With Distinction” members, and 546 schools were name honor roll members. A total of 635 schools were recognized in 2008.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Written by Edward Carpenter »usfnews@usfca.edu