For the second year, Roanoke College has landed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The honor roll “recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” according to the Corp. for National & Community Service, a federal agency and one of the organizations that manages the prestigious listing.
Roanoke is one of 17 Virginia schools and one of 513 across the country that made the honor roll. Other state schools that were recognized this year include Virginia Tech, the College of William and Mary and Hollins University.
“Receiving an honor like this gives us credibility,” said Jesse Griffin, who is director of the Center for Community Service at Roanoke. “It says that we are doing something right with community service and service learning.”
Griffin applied for the honor roll on behalf of Roanoke, highlighting the College’s numerous service programs, including R-House, which involves freshmen building a Habitat for Humanity house in a College parking lot. Another well-known service group is Salem Ambassadors, which encourages students to forge positive relationships with the College’s Salem neighbors through service and other activities.
The honor roll is “looking for consistency in programming and comprehension in programming,” Griffin said. “We have both.”
The Corp. for National and Community Service chooses honorees based on several selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is part of a school’s curriculum, its commitment to long-term partnerships with the community and measurable service outcomes.
The Corp. for National and Community Service, along with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education, manage the honor roll.
Griffin, who works to enhance experiential learning at Roanoke, plans to continue applying for this honor roll designation.
“Never pass up an opportunity to highlight something good that the College is doing,” he said.
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