BC Receives National Recognition for Community Service
As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Bridgewater College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Bridgewater College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 690 colleges and universities for their impact on issues such as literacy, neighborhood revitalization and the support of at-risk youth. Of that total, 113 received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction and five received the Presidential Award. This is the second year that Bridgewater has been named to the Honor Roll.
Campuses named to this year's Honor Roll reported that 3.1 million of their students engaged in service learning and contributed more than 118 million hours to community service – a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
“Admission to the president’s honor roll pays high tribute to Bridgewater College and its ongoing commitment to community service,” said Roy Ferguson, interim president of Bridgewater. “Our students, faculty and staff have done an exemplary job of helping to mitigate, through service, some of the tough social challenges our communities face, and I applaud them for their efforts and for this formal recognition of a job well done.”
Recent service-learning projects that have involved Bridgewater College students, faculty and staff include operating sports camps for children from impoverished backgrounds; volunteering at Special Olympics events; the "Read With an Eagle" program; food drives; trail maintenance for natural reserves; and Relay for Life fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
The CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.