University Recognized Nationally for Community Engagement, Doubling Service
LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell was recently named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a prestigious recognition for colleges or universities committed to volunteering, service-learning and community engagement that produces measurable results.
This honor – together with recognition as a community-engaged university from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and inclusion in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the two previous years – underscores UMass Lowell’s commitment to applying knowledge for the public good and supporting the development of community through teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.
“UMass Lowell is honored to receive this national recognition for its community engagement and service-learning activities,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “Our faculty, staff and students have a long tradition of working with local and global partners in ways that produce measurable, positive results.”
“Our students have doubled their recorded hours of academic and non-academic service in the community from 50,000 to more than 100,000 hours this past year. UMass Lowell’s expanded collaborative and academic efforts have provided many opportunities for students to serve locally and globally while completing their coursework. This is learning through experience at its best,” said Provost Ahmed Abdelal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
“As members of the Class of 2012 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to UMass Lowell and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
Three of UMass Lowell’s notable service projects over the last year that were considered by CNCS are the College of Engineering’s Village Empowerment Program; Bring Diversity to Nursing, a program of the School of Health and Environment; and the Department of Music’s Community Outreach and Service programs, part of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2011 Honor Roll, a 9 percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community. On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.
CNCS partners with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
UMass Lowell is one of six institutions from Massachusetts that received this recognition. A total of 851 colleges and universities applied for the 2011 Honor Roll. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists and five received the Presidential Award.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.
UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu