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ASU receives presidential recognition for commitment to community service

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December 09, 2014

For the fifth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Arizona State University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

ASU’s commitment to social embeddedness, a university-wide responsibility to work with local, national and international communities to create social change, secured its spot in each of the 2014 Honor Roll categories: General Community Service, Education, Economic Opportunity and Interfaith Community Service.

ASU is the only public university in the state of Arizona to receive the Honor Roll classification.

More than 19,500 students provided over 778,000 hours of community service during the last academic year through mutually beneficial partnerships with local, national and international sites. ASU offers over 325 courses that integrate community service with academic content through academic service learning, and it also employs over 50 staff members who coordinate community service and engagement opportunities in units across the university.

"Service and higher education go hand in hand," states Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). "These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement."

CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

For the full list of 2014 awardees, visit

Jessica Eldridge,
Manager, Public Service Initiatives