Welcome to the Community Engagement website at NCCU. Since its opening in 1910, the university has maintained a strong and enduring commitment to public service. NCCU was the first institution in the University of North Carolina system to require undergraduate students to complete 15 volunteer hours in the service of others each semester, or 120 hours by graduation. Dr. James Shepard, the school’s founder, believed that students, faculty and staff have a special responsibility to use their knowledge and skills to build a better life for those living in the community, across the state, within the nation, and around the world.
NCCU has been selected as a recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award, which is bestowed on behalf of the White House. NCCU has earned the recognition each year since the award began in 2006. This past year, NCCU was one of only two North Carolina institutions to receive the award “with distinction.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an independent policy and research center chartered by Congress in 1906, has recognized NCCU as a Community Engaged Institution in both curricular engagement and community outreach programs. This recognition is indicative of the tremendous impact NCCU has on Durham and beyond.