For the third consecutive year, Auburn University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a recognition of the nation’s leading colleges and universities for their dedication to civic engagement, service-learning and volunteering.
Auburn is one of two universities from the state of Alabama and one of three from the Southeastern Conference to be named to the honor roll with distinction. A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 honor roll; of this number, 113 institutions earned the recognition of honor roll with distinction.
“Being named to the honor roll with distinction is so significant because of the scope of the award,” said Ralph Foster, director of public service. “The institution must demonstrate commitment and impact in both its outreach programming and curricular engagement, as well as faculty, staff and student service activities.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service considered the scope and innovation of the university’s outreach program; 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 engagement.
Another requirement was placement of at least 7 percent of work study students throughout the community, a requirement which Auburn filled four-fold with almost 30 percent placed in off-campus outreach positions.
“We are very excited to be recognized on the President’s Honor Roll with Distinction for a third consecutive year,” said Royrickers Cook, assistant vice president for University Outreach. “This shows that Auburn is among the leading institutions nationally for public service and outreach.”
The Office of Public Service coordinated Auburn’s application for the honor roll designation. The honor is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
(Contributed by Carol Nelson)