Rollins Honored for Community Service

For the seventh time, Rollins College is named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins College was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the seventh time that Rollins has earned this federal recognition for commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges.

Since 2006, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award 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. 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.

“Rollins creates community engagement opportunities that are embedded within the curricular and co-curricular experiences,” says Meredith Hein, director of Rollins’ Center for Leadership & Community Engagement. “Students are able to connect what they learn in their coursework to practical community engagement entry points across Central Florida and beyond.”

Rollins is regularly recognized on the national and state level for its commitment to community engagement. In addition to being named to the President’s Honor Roll with Distinction, Rollins is one of 361 institutions worldwide that received a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015—a classification renewal that was first awarded to the College in 2008. The College’s service-learning program was also recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” as an “academic program to look for” for two years in a row.

In addition, since 2007, Rollins has won multiple Florida Campus Compact awards, which recognize the outstanding work of faculty administrators and community engagement coordinators who make substantial contributions to support engaged scholarship in the state of Florida. This year, it was announced that Rollins President Grant Cornwell is serving on the executive committee of Florida Campus Compact.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)