DU receives national honor for community service and service learning
May 25, 2011
By: Amber D'Angelo Na
May typically is the time of year when students receive recognition for their academic achievements. This year, the University of Denver also is being honored.
DU was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The honor recognizes DU as a leader among higher education institutions for supporting students, faculty and staff in volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement.
Out of 851 colleges and universities that applied, 511 were admitted to the 2010 honor roll. CNCS selects institutions based on several criteria, including the school’s commitment to long-term community partnerships, measurable outcomes of community service and the extent to which service learning is embedded in a school’s curriculum.
During the 2009–10 academic year, more than 1,400 DU students were involved in service learning and at least 4,000 students performed community service, which amounted to more than 540,000 hours to help their communities.
“Congratulations to the University of Denver and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” says Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “We salute all the honor roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”