USD is one of 641 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 U’s Center for Academic Engagement. USD is one of five 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. 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 the past year, close to 700 USD students contributed more than 6,500 hours of service in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities, including service-learning through academic classes such as the Interdisciplinary Education and Action (IdEA) Program, First-Year Experience and individual courses, and through programs like Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL) or campus organizations that include 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.