USD honored nationally for outstanding community service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has been recognized by the Corporation for National & Community Service for outstanding community service. It’s the fifth time in six years that USD has been named to the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

USD is one of 572 colleges and universities from all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico to be honored in 2013 for making service a priority. USD is also one of five institutions from South Dakota on this year’s honor roll. Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 4.

The Honor Roll recognizes all higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. USD’s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for the university’s commitment to service and civic engagement. In 2012, 4,108 students contributed 89,987 hours of community service or service-learning in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities, including academic classes, and programs like Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL) or campus organizations such as Students Enhancing Resources for Vermillion Enrichment (SERVE).

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.Honorees for the various award levels were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. The complete honor roll as well as special achievement award winners can be found at www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 206 undergraduate and 71 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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