“Weber State University is proud of its engagement with our community,” said Ryan Thomas, associate provost. “We believe that such commitments help us to meaningfully respond to local educational needs. Being nationally recognized for the sixth consecutive year as part of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an important national acknowledgment of the deep and continuing commitment of the university to prepare its students to strengthen the community.”
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal 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 innovation 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.
WSU’s Community Involvement Center was established on campus as a resource for faculty, students and community partners in 2007. The center houses the AmeriCorps Education Award Program, Volunteer Involvement Program and helps facilitate service-learning projects in curriculum. During the 2010-11 academic year, 7,077 WSU students worked on service-learning projects or volunteered in the community, totaling more than 131,229 service hours.
Service projects included efforts to increase access to community dental health and mentoring “at-risk” youth in local school districts. They also included summer programs teaching science and art to youth in local parks in partnership with Ogden School District’s free lunch program.
The honor roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and 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 nationalservice.gov.
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