Continuing its national prominence in community outreach initiatives, Tulane University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It marks the seventh year in a row Tulane has won the award.
Through annual community service days, volunteer work during semesters and service-learning courses, Tulane students contribute thousands of hours in civic engagement. (Photo by Sally Asher)
In the 2013 honors, Tulane was one of 113 institutions who earned the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, said Vincent Ilustre, executive director of the Tulane Center for Public Service
“Tulane is one of only 129 schools to have been on the honor roll for seven consecutive years,” Ilustre said, “and is one of only 17 schools to have been awarded Honor Roll with Distinction at least five times.”
In the 2011-2012 academic year, Tulane students contributed 484,983 hours of service in community outreach projects, Ilustre said. In addition to participating in annual community service days and volunteer work, undergraduates take service-learning courses that pair classroom work and outreach projects with community partners. The Center for Public Service administers the public service graduation requirement
for all undergraduates, a policy that Tulane instituted in 2006.
Nationally, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country in 2012, a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The Corporation for National and Community Service manages the honor roll program
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 and Campus Compact.
In 2006, Tulane received the President’s Award, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.