UW-P receives President's community service honor
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for "exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs." UW-Parkside joined two other UW System campuses in being honored for its commitment to volunteering and community-based learning. The university has been honored every year since the inception of the national recognition program in 2006.
"Community engagement is an integral part of the teaching and learning process here at UW-Parkside," said Chancellor Debbie Ford. "We encourage our students, faculty, and staff to involve themselves in community-based learning and to have that commitment recognized at the national level is a tremendous honor."
Selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), UW-Parkside was chosen based on a series of selection factors. These included the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation, and the extent to which the institution offers academic service-learning courses. These courses are called community-based learning courses at UW-Parkside.
The Somers campus is joined on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire. Wisconsin private universities and colleges honored were Marquette University, Lawrence University, St. Norbert College, and Edgewood College. UW-Parkside's articulation agreement partner Waukesha County Technical College along with Madison Area Technical College, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College also were honored. In Illinois, Lake Forest College, Bradley University, and DePaul University were among those on the honor roll.
Nationwide, 513 higher education institutions were named to 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, in the words of the CNCS, for "engaging students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities." The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs.