USD Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the sixth year, the University of South Dakota was recognized nationally for outstanding community service by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which named USD to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

USD is one of 766 colleges and universities recognized for instituting an exemplary service-learning program on campus. The honor is a reflection of the hard work and dedication from students, faculty and staff members who have made service a priority at USD, according to the Center for Academic & Global Engagement. USD is one of six institutions from South Dakota on this year’s honor roll.

The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.  In the past year, more than 2,300 USD students contributed more than 90,000 hours of service in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities, including service-learning through academic programs of study, First-Year Experience and individual courses, and through institutional programs like Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL) and AmeriCorps VISTA.

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.

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.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

About the President’s Honor Roll

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution of higher education can receive for its community service work. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.

ABOUT USD

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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