White House Recognizes University of Idaho as National Leader in Community Service

Monday, March 12 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho outreach and engagement efforts have been recognized by the White House for the sixth time, as it has every year since the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service began in 2006. However, this year the university was among only 20 percent of the institutions of higher education who received “with distinction” status.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was announced Monday by White House representatives at the American Council of Education annual conference in Los Angeles.

Only one other Pacific Northwest school received this honor -- Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. One other Idaho institution made the list – Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

“The award recognizes the university’s commitment to engaged scholarship that provides transformational learning opportunities for students," said Adrian Wurr, assistant director of the University of Idaho Service-Learning Center." This is significant national recognition of the good work the University of Idaho does every day locally, nationally and globally."

According to program coordinators, this program is designed to recognize those higher education institutions that actively encourage students to live a life of civic engagement. It is the highest recognition that higher education gets from the federal government for civic engagement.

To learn more about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp
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