December 17, 2014
Both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University were named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
It is the fourth consecutive year both schools have been named to the honor roll, which was released Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C.
A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the honor roll.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll began in 2006 after thousands of college students traveled to the Gulf Coast to support relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The honor roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges.
In 2013-14, 273 CSB students and 201 SJU students completed a service-learning project. The 474 total students completed 9,394 hours of service.
"The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are committed to service and this recognition at the Presidential level is a testament to that fact," said Laura Hammond, interim director of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement at CSB and SJU. "In terms of engaging students in meaningful service opportunities, as well as our commitment to bettering the local and global community, programming and pedagogy at CSB and SJU is built around the Benedictine values that are central to our work and mission.
"Both inside and outside of the classroom, CSB and SJU seeks mutually beneficial partnerships with the community, so that faculty members, students and staff can actively be involved in their community and contribute to the betterment of the common good," Hammond said. "The Institutions view service as an invaluable means to engage students in experiential learning that deepens their understanding of classroom material, increases their sense of social responsibility and pushes them to grow as a civic and community leader."
In their applications, CSB and SJU highlighted several service initiatives during 2013-14.
In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.