The University of Colorado at Boulder Receives Presidential Award for Service

Feb. 11, 2008

School Honored for Distinguished Community Service.

San Diego , CA —The Corporation for National and Community Service honored the University of Colorado at Boulder today at the American Council on Education (ACE) annual conference with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts. The University of Colorado at Boulder was one of only three colleges and universities nationwide to receive the Presidential Award for General Community Service.

"The University of Colorado at Boulder is honored by this award," said Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson. "We have a commitment to civic and ethical engagement that goes back more than four decades, when CU-Boulder students answered President John F. Kennedy's call to service by joining the Peace Corps in record numbers. Today, through efforts such as those marshaled by our Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement, we continue in that tradition, challenging our students to transform themselves, their communities, and the world."

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll's Presidential Award is the highest recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The University of Colorado at Boulder 's notable community service projects included a multi-faceted approach to engaging the community. This approach ranged from student-directed efforts, such as the Volunteer Clearinghouse that linked students with volunteer programs, to faculty-directed efforts, such as the University's Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement, which funded the development and implementation of civic engagement courses.

The University of Colorado at Boulder is also the home of the founding chapter of the Engineers Without Borders, a group that allows students and faculty to help disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects.

“University of Colorado students are a sterling example of today's college students, who are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation, who presented the award. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

In addition to Syracuse University , the Presidential Award for Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances was given to Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Redlands in Redlands , Calif. The Presidential Award for General Community Service went to Otterbein College in Westerville , Ohio , the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Pennsylvania .

The Honor Roll also recognized four schools as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll .

ACE CEO David Ward noted how impressed he was with the commitment of all the award winners.

“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded today,” said Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service 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, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.


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