Recognizing Alfred State’s strong commitment to civic engagement, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named the college to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in several categories.
The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs and leads the president’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. According to the CNCS, each year, the president of the United States recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in communities through service.
The Honor Roll, the CNCS states, highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and as a result, more students are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
“Alfred State is honored and proud to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Our students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated and continue to show their dedication to making a difference in our community through various projects and initiatives, several of which coincide with programs on a national level. I applaud the efforts of all individuals who helped us achieve this great honor.”
Specifically, Alfred State was named to the Honor Roll in the General Community Service, Economic Opportunity Community Service, and Education categories. The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals.
The Economic Opportunity Community Service category recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities. Those honored in the Education category have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education.
Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, said, “Civic engagement is an integral part of the Alfred State experience. This award is simply another affirmation of the time and knowledge invested in community service through curricular and co-curricular experiences.”