NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With the May 16 announcement of the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Bethel College takes its place on the list for the third straight year, the fourth time since the award was launched in 2006.
As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service honored the nation’s leading institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Bethel was one of five Kansas private colleges, seven Kansas institutions overall, named to the Honor Roll, which recognizes educational institutions nationwide that support effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition of a college or university for commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. It is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
“Service has always been a cornerstone value of the Bethel College mission and we are proud to again be recognized on the President’s Honor Roll,” said Bethel president Perry D. White. “I am privileged to witness such values in our students daily, and wish more people could have that same experience. This is the reason that Bethel students continue to give hope to their communities and our society at large.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.
“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, CNCS chief executive officer. “Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. 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.”
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year and a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.
Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
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. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, 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 the service.
In addition to Bethel College, other Kansas private colleges named to the 2010 Honor Roll were McPherson College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University and Southwestern College. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.