The following ORCC member campuses were recognized for their achievements in volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement: Concordia University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Pacific University, Portland State University, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College. A special distinction was given to Lewis & Clark College for their engagement with the community. One additional non-member campus, George Fox University, was also recognized on the President’s Honor Roll.
Oregon’s colleges are skilled at inspiring and empowering students to serve the community. According to the report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Oregon ranks eighth in the country for college student volunteerism.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
“The recognition of such a high percentage of our members by such an elite distinction validates that our mission of deepening civic engagement is absolutely the right path for us to be taking. It re-energizes us to do even more and we congratulate our members receiving this distinction,” said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.”