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May 30, 2011

St. Edward's University Named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the fifth consecutive year, St. Edward's University was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This distinction recognizes the university's commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

During 2010, in recognition of the university's 125th anniversary, St. Edward's conducted the 125 Service Challenge in which all members of the university community were challenged to generate 75,000 service hours by the end of 2010. The challenge was as success with 92,048 hours completed.

Students volunteer across many areas, some are classroom assignments and others are experiences outside the classroom through special programs and student groups.  At
St. Edward's, students participate in programs such as Campus Ministry's Alternative Spring Break and International Immersion which provides opportunities to work with and learn from those in need. Other programs that provide volunteer opportunities include Social Justice and Service Outreach projects, numerous service-learning courses and S.E.R.V.E. Austin, a St. Edward's program that facilitates weekly service projects.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of service. View a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country according to CNCS.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. More information