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North Park University Honored for Community Service

Service has always been a University distinctive.

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2009) – North Park University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary service efforts to the Chicago community. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. In total, 635 schools across the nation were recognized.

“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

“College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” Goldmsith added. “We salute North Park University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.