SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Springfield College has received the award.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) selected awardees on the basis of the scope and innovation of their service projects, percentage of student participation in service, incentives for service, and the extent of academic service learning courses.
Among the examples that Springfield College cited were that students at the College have performed more than 120,000 hours of community service in the past year.
In the Springfield College AmeriCorps Program alone, 76 Springfield College students served more than 50,000 hours in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics and other community-based organizations. They provided academic coaching, health counseling, in-school counseling, youth leadership development, and volunteer management and recruitment services to more than 8,800 individuals in greater Springfield.
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. 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.
The CNCS oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.