Benedict College: 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Recipient

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The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program is a recipient of the 2014 President’s Honor Roll administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency charged with improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS is responsible for leading President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.  The four President’s Honor Roll categories are: General Community Service, Interfaith Community Service, Economic Opportunity, and Education. Of the institutions admitted to the Honor Roll, some receive the “With Distinction” honors, a designation denoting the institution displays strong levels of commitment and produces measurable impact in the community.

The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program has earned placement in three Honor Roll categories: General Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction which recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals; Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction identifies colleges and universities demonstrating participation of campus and community faith-based organizations, including cooperation of faculty, staff, and students of diverse faiths and secular perspectives in projects that tackle community challenges; Education Honor Roll recognizes institutions engaged in service that addresses school readiness, strengthens schools, addresses early warning indicators such as attendance and behavior issues, boosts high school graduation rates, and/or helps to prepare youth for college success.

As Director of the College’s Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program, Mrs. Jackson said: “I take pride in the fact that Benedict College has not taken a seasonal or band-wagon approach to service. The College’s commitment to civic engagement is evidenced through its service-learning designated courses in each academic school and college-wide graduation requirement. The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program staff members are full time employees whose primary purpose is to provide faculty and students with opportunities to engage in viable service projects that are academically sound and positively impact the lives of both the service provider and service recipient.”

One Benedict College student noted in a service-learning program survey: “This is one of the best programs at Benedict. Yes, it is time consuming, but the reward is great!” The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program remains committed to advancing civic engagement on our College campus and throughout the wider community. Like our students, we too know that the “reward is great.”