University of Idaho Sweeps National Awards for Engagement

Monday, May 16 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2010-11 academic year was a star-studded one for University of Idaho as it was recognized by leaders in government, education, and the community for its commitment to community engagement and service-learning.

• Presidential Honor Roll
The University of Idaho was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth year in a row. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The University of Idaho was one of about 700 universities and colleges recognized in 2010 by The Corporation for National and Community Service for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. For more information, visit www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp.

• Carnegie Classification for Engagement
In January 2011, the University of Idaho was among 115 colleges and universities nationwide selected for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2010 Community Engagement Classification. These institutions join the 196 institutions identified in the 2006 and 2008 selection process.

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Unlike the foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this is an “elective” classification; institutions elected to participate by submitting required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. This approach enabled the foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/2dar4sb.

• Magrath and Kellogg Foundation Engagement Awards
The university was a 2010 finalist for the national C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award. Idaho was selected for its partnership with the Coeur d’Alene tribe and its reservation communities to create a long-term vision to achieve prosperity. The goal of the award program is to “identify colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more sympathetically and productively involved with their communities.” The university also received the Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award for the western U.S. region. For more information, visit www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=304.

Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, some 3,800 University of Idaho students participated in 98 service-learning courses and provided more than 150,000 hours of service to more than 160 community organizations throughout Idaho.
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.