The University of Texas at Austin has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The honor recognizes the university’s excellence in general community service and education-focused outreach initiatives. The six campus-wide programs that helped UT Austin earn its spot on the honor roll are the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s The Project, UT Outreach, Academic Service-Learning, UT Elementary School, DDCE Faculty Fellows Program, and the School of Law’s Pro Bono Clinics.
The national award further affirms the university’s commitment to strengthening community-university partnerships and increasing college pathways for underserved students in Texas and beyond.
“We’re excited that The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized for community service efforts that help improve the quality of life for underserved populations. We would not be able to achieve such an honor without the strong commitment of UT students to volunteer their time and talents to help UT Austin meet its mission of service and to the faculty and staff across campus who are dedicated to academic service-learning,” said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement. “We estimate that an astounding 82 percent of UT Austin students engage in community service each year, contributing 1 million hours of service.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the award since 2006 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. Visit this website for more details.