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USF Makes The Washington Center’s Top Five


The University of San Francisco is one of five universities in the nation to be honored as a 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipient, recognizing the university’s outstanding contributions to community, leadership, professional achievement, and enrichment of student learning. 

The award, presented by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), recognizes institutions that have achieved a breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and transformative partnerships that address issues of public concern.

The recognition places USF in elite company and raises it as a model to other institutions for how to strengthen and contribute to their communities while enriching student learning.

In conjunction with the award, USF will receive a $20,000 scholarship to support USF student participation in TWC programs. In addition, USF will be honored at the center’s annual gala Oct. 1, along with the four other 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipients: California State University, San Bernardino; Columbia College in South Carolina; Roosevelt University, and Tulane University.

“This recognition is another example of the University of San Francisco setting a higher standard and living up to that standard,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “It is through service to others that we can understand how our education and privilege can best be put to work improving the world.” 

USF is one of the few universities in the country that require all undergraduates to complete a service-learning course, including a community service component. There are more than 50 student organizations and five living-learning communities on campus dedicated to providing community service. And each year, some 4,000 USF undergraduate and graduate students perform more than 392,000 community services hours.

The 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award is the latest in a series of accolades recognizing USF’s commitment to community and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service has placed USF on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor for six consecutive years—most recently in May.

In 2011 and 2010, USF ranked among the country’s top universities for supporting and promoting community service, according to Washington Monthly magazine. (The magazine hasn’t released its rankings for 2012.)

And in 2009, USF was one of the top 100 universities in the nation for civic engagement, according to “Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships,” a study by Westfield State University.

Written by Taylor Fredericks »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews