CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Honored in Two Categories by National Honor Roll for Community Service

Date: 10-27-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has been named to the latest President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the ninth time in 10 years that the University has received the distinction.

The 2015 Honor Roll publicizes the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and to the nation as a whole. It is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the award since 2006 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, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

CSU, Chico was honored with inclusion in two categories: General Community Service and Education.

The general category recognizes institutions “that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals,” according to the honor roll’s website. The education category honors schools “that have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education,” according to the organization.

“Having Chico State make the President’s Honor Roll is one more example of Chico appearing on all the right lists,” said William Loker, dean of Undergraduate Education. “National recognition from the White House places Chico State among the national leaders in civic education and community engagement. This award recognizes the commitment of our faculty, staff and students to improving life in our local communities and to preparing our students for a lifetime of service and active participation in our democracy.”

CSU, Chico’s application for the award described community service as “part of the foundation of the CSU, Chico experience.” The application highlighted six campus programs, events or organizations as outstanding examples of service: CAVE (Community Action Volunteers in Education), Beta Alpha Psi’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Cats in the Community, the Society of Women Engineer’s Imagineer Day, Hands-On Science Lab and the Department of Child Development.

Each semester, CSU, Chico has more than 110 classes that engage in service learning. The University is one of only 74 universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification when the designation debuted in 2006. The University amended its strategic plan in 2015 to add a seventh institutional priority, civic engagement.