For the fourth time, Xavier University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the Honor Roll since 2006 to recognize colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.
The total number of community service hours logged by Xavier University students for the covered period (2011-12 academic year) was 62,779. In addition, 52 percent of Xavier students engaged in community service. The number of students who committed themselves to at least 20 hours of community service per term was 145.
Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., has emphasized engagement through service as a central tenet of Xavier's identity. Recent initiatives with the community coupled with Xavier’s history as a pioneering, service-oriented University have sharpened that focus. Twenty years ago Xavier was one of the first universities to offer a four-year tuition scholarship for students committed to community service. Especially noted in this award were that Community Engaged Fellowship, along with the Summer Service Internship Program, and the fact that a student cannot graduate from Xavier’s Occupational Therapy program without completing a service learning project.
“Congratulations to Xavier University, 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.”