Portland, Oregon — Nine Oregon colleges have been named on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Eight of these schools are members of Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC).
ORCC is proud to celebrate the role these schools play in helping to solve Oregon’s most complex problems. Together, campuses and communities are working to move Oregon toward a more vibrant, educated, and healthy state.
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.”
ORCC is a state affiliate of Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents. Seventy-two percent of the institutions recognized on the Honor Roll are Campus Compact members. These schools represent more than 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.
“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.”
For the full list of Honor Roll awardees and information on eligibility, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
ORCC is motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world. Together with campuses, ORCC activates higher education to place more students on a lifelong path of civic participation. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, ORCC embraces its unique position to ensure every Oregon student graduates as an engaged, global citizen. To learn more, visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org.