Jan. 5, 2015—The University of Denver has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community engagement and service to promote positive change. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually recognizes higher education institutions that embody the values of exemplary community service and civic engagement and raise the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships.
The University of Denver was selected for the Honor Roll on the basis of several factors evaluated for the 2012-2013 Academic Year, including the degree to which service is embedded in the academic and co-curricular culture, the University’s dedication to service, and the scope and community impact of service work. The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) plays an integral role in bringing the University’s public good mission to fruition, through a range of programs dedicated to enhancing student learning and service, faculty teaching and research, and overall community development.
Following are highlights from the University of Denver’s commitment to the public good in the previous academic year:
- 4,995 University of Denver students contributed more than 477,000 hours to service.
- The Faculty Service Learning and Service Learning Associates programs supported faculty from colleges and departments across campus, who taught over 90 service learning courses that enrolled more than 1,100 students.
- The Public Good Fund made more than $100,000 available for 11 innovative community-engaged faculty research projects that address community-identified needs. Projects ranged from addressing health access barriers for Latino families and documenting family-school partnering strategies with refugee parents, to the creation of a public web-based Geographic Information System to support communal decision making along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.
- The AmeriCorps Compact Service Corps program placed University of Denver students in high-need K-12 environments and non-profit agencies for long-term service placements that last from one to two years. Approximately 251 DU students contributed more than 129,000 hours of service with 96 community partners.
- University students, faculty, and staff are engaged with metro-area public schools through tutoring and mentoring programs, teacher-prep field placements, service-learning courses, public good research projects, and the Public Achievement Program. In 2012-2013, 27 students served as Public Achievement Coaches and carried out 7,530 hours with 148 high school students to create, develop, and implement their own civic project within their community or school.
For more information, please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at firstname.lastname@example.org.