INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
“IUPUI has a long history of nationally recognized civic engagement and service-learning. We believe strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and engaged citizens in an ever-changing world,” Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said. “We’re honored to receive this award once again – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment as are the faculty who are dedicated to making service part of student learning.”
In 2011-2012, IUPUI students who were civically engaged, through service learning courses, service-based scholarships and community service events and activities, contributed nearly 267,000 hours of service in the community, equivalent to $5.8 million. Some examples include:
208 faculty members from 15 schools offered 514 service learning courses
209 service-based scholarships were awarded to students resulting in 47,594 hours of community service, equivalent to $1.03 million.
9,955 students were enrolled in service learning courses, providing more than 181,262 hours of service to 278 community partners.
Over 2,893 students, faculty and staff were involved in campus-wide volunteer service events contributing over 10,475 hours of service.
Nearly 35 percent of all study abroad courses offered at IUPUI have an integrated service component.
“Congratulations to IUPUI, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National Community Service. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program 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 and Campus Compact.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.