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RU Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

12/19/2014 10:16 am

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Rockford University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. 2014 marks the seventh consecutive year that Rockford University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

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CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service administers the award in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion. Led by the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, Rockford University students accounted for more than 10,000 volunteer hours in 2014 which is estimated to equal to $221,500 for local non-profits.

For a full listing of recipients, visit the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.