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March 21, 2013

MSU receives 2013 Presidential Community Service Award

Michigan State University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

MSU earned the “with distinction” designation on the Honor Roll, based on a series of selection factors including the 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.

MSU has received the honor each year since 2006 - the year the honor roll was instituted. In 2008 MSU received the Presidential Award for General Community Service, becoming one of only 18 colleges and universities – and the first in Michigan – to win a presidential award.

The institutions named in the 2013 recognition were cited for their achievements in general community service or in one of two special focus areas that align with the President’s education and innovation priorities, the Promise Neighborhoods model and early childhood education.

In 2011-12, through the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement,
18,899 MSU student registrations for service were received and accommodated and 370 not-for-profit community partners utilized service-learning support.

“Our faculty, staff, and students continue to place a priority on service-learning, curricular and co-curricular service initiatives," said Karen McKnight Casey, CSLCE director. It is a rewarding experience to work with dedicated Spartans who immerse themselves in the land-grant tradition in everything they do. They are truly leaders in civic engagement and we are honored to be recognized for our collective efforts.”

More information on eligibility and the full list of awardees can be found on the Honor Roll website.