CSUSM Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Cal State San Marcos with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.  

"As ‘stewards of place,' public universities are inextricably linked to their communities, and they all promise to advance the public good by focusing on challenges and opportunities unique to their region. Cal State San Marcos is rising above that promise with strategic partnerships that are vigorous, transferable, and sustainable," said President Karen Haynes. "We are proud to be named to the Honor Roll for the third consecutive year." 

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.

This year marks CSUSM's third consecutive appearance on the Honor Roll. Over 2,450 students from every college on campus together dedicated more than 180,000 hours of service to community organizations. In the College of Business Administration, "Senior Experience" students worked on 87 different projects involving issues such as elder care, renewable energy, and childhood illness. The College of Education's "Tutor Connection" continues to receive accolades for the innovative and effective tutoring/mentoring of foster youth.  Students in the College of Arts & Sciences participated in hands-on activism to benefit a local women's shelter, the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Save Darfur organization and others through a "Women Changing the World" course.  And students from all across campus participated in projects such as Alternate Spring Break, where they joined Habitat for Humanity's efforts to rebuild post-Katrina New Orleans, and Hands Across Our Border, in which students painted an elementary school in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Tijuana, side-by-side with their student counterparts from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. 

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute California State University San Marcos for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

Overall, the corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 campuses including CSUSM were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members.  In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. 

"I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day - as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others," said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation's Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America's college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.

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 www.nationalservice.gov.

"We salute California State University San Marcos 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, which oversees the Honor Roll.