Illinois College has joined a select group of the nation’s colleges and universities by earning a place on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service.
In releasing an in-depth report of community service programs at college and university campuses nationwide, the Corporation for National and Community Service praised Illinois College for achieving Honor Roll status.
Illinois College President Axel Steuer said “Illinois College is honored to accept this award on behalf of our students who have shown true dedication to service and commitment to improving our community.” Steuer noted that preparing students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service lies at the heart of the educational mission of the college.
The Honor Roll serves as the highest form of federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. As a result of the 2012 report, Illinois College is the only downstate Illinois college to earn Honor Roll status during each of the six years since the inception of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Illinois College reported that 514 students engaged in academic service learning courses during the 2010-2011 academic year. Overall, Illinois College students completed 41,726 service hours, including 260 students who engaged in at least 20 hours of community service per semester.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.