The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has named Millikin University to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
"Millikin University has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world," remarked Millikin University Interim President Rich Dunsworth. "We're honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They're the energy driving our commitment and they're the ones who make it all happen."
A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Millikin students engaged in 147,656 hours of service to the community, this includes service from curricular and co-curricular programs.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, approximately 530 Millikin freshmen in 28 seminar classes completed a variety of service projects, beginning with participation in the local United Way's Day of Action during their First Week program. Each class also developed a semester project that related to the course topic and collaborated with a community partner. Projects included: tutoring at after-school programs and in elementary schools, working with seniors in nursing homes, providing a theatre production for kindergarten students, participating in the Decatur Community Food Drive, participating in Banned Book Week, and many more.
In addition, 67 Millikin students contributed 1,870 hours of service through tutoring and assisting in recreational programs for over 120 at-risk K-12 students. The average GPA for students working with a Millikin tutor increased by 48 percent, and 70 percent of the students who worked with a Millikin tutor became first-time honor roll students or remained on the honor roll.
"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. "Civic engagement should be a key component of every student's education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens."
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent "Volunteering and Civic Life in America" report. In 2012,
3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency's Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives education institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuitions and fees. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov