Tulane Receives Highest Federal Recognition For Community Service

February 9, 2009

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Tulane University today with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary efforts and service to America’s communities.    

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Tulane University President Scott Cowen said the university was honored by the recognition. 

"Integrating public service into the core curriculum after Hurricane Katrina was one of the most popular and rewarding decisions we have ever made," Cowen said. "Tulane is the only major research university in the country that has public service as an integral part of its curriculum. This is one of the reasons we are seeing a record number of student applications. Today's students want education that makes a difference."

The Center for Public Service at Tulane University hosts a wide array of programs and activities in which Tulane students, faculty and staff employ the knowledge and expertise of the university to address the urgent and long-term social challenges and opportunities for a region that is rebuilding from the nation’s worse natural disaster. 

Tulane's Center for Public Service has received numerous honors including the
National Society for Experiential Education Program of the Year in 2005; winner of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Hurricane Relief Service in 2006; designation as a finalist in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Excellence in General Community Service in 2006; the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in 2007; and designation as the Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships in 2008.

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