May 17, 2011

USD named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the fourth straight 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 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

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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