Doane College has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
To be admitted to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable outcomes in the community. It is among the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement and Doane has achieved the honor for six consecutive years.
"Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community," said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006. "We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities."
Doane's community service projects during the qualifying timeframe included a Multicultural Fair organized by Doane's Education Department; HOPE, an educational partnership with Culler Middle School in Lincoln, and numerous community dinners. About 170 students put in nearly 1,450 service hours on the projects, benefiting more than 1,000 adults and children.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raises the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships. The initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.