After the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) delayed the release of their 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, anticipation was high, but if the past six honor rolls were any indication, Millersville University had no reason to worry.
“Millersville University has been named to the President’s Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006, and to the Distinction level for six consecutive years,” remarked Millersville University President, Dr. John Anderson. “Receiving this national recognition is a tremendous honor, and one that we celebrate with equal excitement each year.”
The University had reason for excitement on Sept. 23 when the 2015 winners were announced and it again was named with distinction to all three application categories for which it was being considered. Joining MU were several other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools, but Millersville was the only one to reach the level of Honor Roll with Distinction.
In the General Community Service category, MU was one of 12 Pennsylvania intuitions in the Distinction level; for the Education category, one of seven; and for the Economic Opportunity category, one of five.
The 2015 Honor Roll recognized exemplary schools based on applications submitted in 2014 for the 2013-14 academic year. Due to a delay in the reviewing process, the CNCS just announced winners from that application cycle in September. The 2016 applications are currently under review, with plans to announce winners by the end of the year.
Therefore, the projects included in Millersville’s 2015 application that warranted inclusion on the most recently released Honor Roll span back to the period extending from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Some of those exemplary projects include the PACC AmeriCorps Project Cygnet K-12 Academic Achievement Program, Storm Water Outfall Mapping Service Learning Project with Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee, Be the Change S. June Smith Partnership and Benefit Performance, Penn Manor High School Mentoring Partnership, Study Buddies After School Tutoring and Homework Help Program, On Campus United Way VITA Program, Affordable Care Act Marketplace Assistance Day and Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that support community service programs and develop effective practices through campus community partnerships. A focus on community, service-learning and civic engagement makes it the highest federal recognition institutions of higher education can achieve for their commitment to those ideals. The CNCS collaborates with the United States Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core to recognize worthy institutions.