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Goucher Named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Release date: March 15, 2012

Goucher College has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Launched in 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this distinction goes to colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.

Honorees are chosen based on factors such as 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.

Goucher offers a Community-Based Learning Program, which emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Students learn about the workings of community; encounter differences related to race, class, and privilege; gain a deeper understanding about social justice; and do work that is beneficial to others. And they gain a greater understanding of themselves.

Goucher also has a Community Service Program, which offers a range of opportunities for students to volunteer in schools, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies throughout the Greater Baltimore area. These opportunities range from one-time service commitments to more long-term, often weekly, volunteer positions. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the United States' largest grant-making organization that supports service and volunteering. Each year, the organization engages 5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service through 70,000 community and faith-based organizations.

Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, United We Serve, and other CNCS programs, participants mentor and tutor at-risk youth, rebuild communities struck by natural disasters, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and more. The programs benefit the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.

The honor roll program is sponsored by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

For a complete list of colleges and universities named to the sixth annual honor roll, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/2012_hr_awardees.pdf.