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For Immediate Release
October 16, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Rich Schneider, 317-278-4564 rcschnei@iupui.edu
Siobhan Dugan, 202-606-6707 sdugan@cns.gov

IUPUI Receives Presidential Award for Community Service Efforts

Chicago, Ill. – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) today was named as one of three recipients of the Presidential Award as part of the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. IUPUI was recognized for the outreach of students, faculty, and staff members.

“IUPUI truly sets an example for college civic engagement,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which fosters a culture of volunteering and service in America. “Community service is of growing importance on college campuses across the country, and IUPUI is a model for how to achieve success through service.”

In 2005-06, about 2,818 students delivered 53,648 hours of service that benefited 296 different community agencies and schools. Services included tutoring, mentoring at-risk youth, AIDS awareness education, college prep initiatives, developing computer applications, translations in medical settings, and cultural exchanges.

The award presentations come a day after the Corporation for National and Community Service released a comprehensive study showing college student civic engagement has risen significantly in recent years. The study, which used data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that student volunteering increased approximately 20 percent from 2002 to 2005, and that 3.3 million college students serve their communities and nation. The study showed that college students between ages 16 to 24 are more likely to volunteer than cohorts in that age group who are not enrolled.

Observers have attributed the growth in student service to several causes: the proliferation of high-school and college service-learning classes; an increase in the number of campus offices that link students to volunteer opportunities, and the lingering impact of the September 11 and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is working with other federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to encourage even greater levels of service and civic engagement by college students.  Their goal is to increase the number of college student participating in volunteer service to 5 million college students annually by 2010. 

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The recognition is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents, and supported by all the major national higher education associations.

The Honor Roll provides more new evidence that the nation is beginning to move toward that level of student civic engagement. More than 1.1 million students from Honor Roll schools participated in local community service activities, and more than 219,000 students provided hurricane relief.

A total of 492 institutions – including private and public schools, four-year institutions, professional schools, and community colleges – were named to the first Honor Roll. Those schools chronicled a broad variety of service programs and activities that have strengthened neighborhoods around them and in the Gulf region.

For their efforts, six schools, including IUPUI, received the President's Honor Roll top award. Elon University of North Carolina and California State University, Monterey Bay also received top honors for community service. Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and Jackson State University were recognized for providing outstanding hurricane relief.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. For more information, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.  

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