posted on February 28, 2010
Clarke College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a College or College can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 Colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
Last year, Clarke College students engaged in over 18,000 hours of service locally, nationally and internationally. Three specific projects were included in the application for this year’s Honor Roll as examples of Clarke’s continued commitment to service.
This year, a group of physical therapy students collected wheelchairs and walkers through the Wheels for the World program. The collected devices are then reconditioned and sent to those needing them in developing countries. Clarke’s twice-yearly service day, Into the Streets, continues to make a significant impact in the Dubuque community with over 340 students participating in last year. During the event, teams from Clarke canvass the city working with organizations and individuals on a variety of service projects. In a regional immersion service trip, a team from Clarke travelled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to assist in recovery efforts from the devastating floods that ravaged the region last year.
“Congratulations to Clarke College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
The Honor Roll includes six Colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Click here for a full list of Honor Roll recipients.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on College campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for College; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur College service.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.