Citadel among top five in nation on President's Honor Roll for community service
The Citadel is now listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the top five colleges and universities for civic service in America in the category of General Community Service. Announced this week by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently, the designation is the highest honor bestowed upon colleges and universities that demonstrate exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
“This is very exciting for The Citadel’s cadets, students and the entire campus community. It is the first time we have been named as a finalist on the President’s Honor Roll, putting us in the top five institutions of higher education in the nation for community service out of more than 650,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (Ret.), director for The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “The Citadel prides itself on being a proven producer of principled leaders through a military learning structure that integrates service learning, leadership and ethics training into the curriculum and culture for all four years of a cadet’s college career.”
Adler University won the category. Woodbury University, Centre College, The Citadel, and Virginia Commonwealth University were recently named finalists on the 2015 list.
“Congratulations to The Citadel, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
The Citadel also holds the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification and has earned numerous other recognitions for service learning and community engagement.
“The level of institutional commitment required for eligibility is extensive. In the 2015-16 academic year, for example, we surpassed our goal and provided more than 19,000 hours of service with more than 50 partners in Charleston’s Lowcountry,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of service learning and civic engagement for The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “The Citadel works closely with local schools, agencies and non-profit organizations to be an impactful, sustained partner in our community.”
The Citadel is known for its annual Leadership Day, which will be held on Wed., Oct. 19, this year, and is one of the college’s many on-going service learning initiatives that continue to be expanded.
CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.