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CBU named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

CBU named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

RIVERSIDE (June 29, 2012) - California Baptist University has received national recognition for its commitment to community service.

CBU was one of 642 colleges and universities across the country to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award, launched in 2006, recognizes the contributions of higher education institutions to their local communities through community service and service learning.

The initiative is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are honored to be recognized for CBU’s commitment to community service by our students, faculty and staff,” CBU President Ronald L. Ellis said. “National recognition among such a prestigious group of universities is a wonderful encouragement for everyone involved.”

CBU serves the community in a variety of ways. Volunteers work through Compassion Ministries, which provides service to the local area, and through a team approach in International Service Projects (ISP), United States Projects (USP), and Summer of Service (SOS) programs. In addition, academic departments provide students with opportunities for service learning projects.

“We are inspired by the dedication CBU has demonstrated to serve your local community,” said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer at CNCS. “Your institution plays a critical role in expanding the opportunity for citizens to serve; increasing the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to become more effective; and demonstrating that service is a crucial tool for addressing the challenges that our nation faces.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Rollcelebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

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