MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Florida Institute of Technology with a place on the President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. This is the third straight year that Florida Tech has
received this national recognition.
“The opportunity for civic engagement is an integral component of a well-rounded education,” said Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. “Florida Tech
is proud to be honored nationally for our dedication in this area. Working together with the larger community, our students, faculty and staff are
committed to helping others.”
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.
Florida Tech is honored for its Civic Engagement Initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in issues of
public concern. Currently, 100 campus organizations and departments participate, representing nearly 1,000 individual volunteers. Since August 2008, the
group has donated 41,000 community service hours and raised $76,000 for worthy causes.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle
some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which
oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Florida Tech for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping
to renew America through service to others.”
Overall, the corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as
Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
The Honor Roll is a program of the corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual
conference of the American Council on Education.
“I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and
university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day – as are the institutions that encourage their students to
serve others,” said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.
Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more
than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is
part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The corporation is working with a coalition of federal
agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through
service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in
schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.