Montclair State University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Recognized for the impact that the University and its students have had on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice, Montclair State is one of just 742 colleges and universities in the nation to be included in the Honor Roll.
“For students, putting their education to work in practical ways can be of substantial benefit both to the community and to themselves,” said University President Susan A. Cole. “The evidence shows that service learning has a very positive influence on students' academic achievements, their development as engaged citizens, and on the community organizations and agencies that they serve. In my judgment, the many Montclair State programs that enable students to bridge the academic environment with the world beyond the University play a very significant role in the educational process.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll, chose the institutions to be recognized based on a number of selection factors including the scope and innovation of the service projects, the percentage of students who participate, the incentives for service, and the extent to which the institutions offer academic service-learning courses.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Montclair State had approximately 550 students enrolled in service-learning courses, all conducting a minimum of 20 hours of community service related to their service-learning coursework. Additionally, apart from any academic requirements, around 480 students volunteered in community service projects. Altogether, Montclair State students engaged in more than 19,170 hours of service to the community during the year.
“Congratulations to Montclair State University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
The 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. The lists may be viewed or downloaded at the Corporation for National and Community Service Web site.