North Carolina Central University was rated as performing “with distinction” on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions on their community service and outreach programs.
Last year, NCCU students provide 207,437 hours of unpaid service, valued at $4.3 million to local economy.
The Honor Roll is compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the agency that sponsors AmeriCorps, MLK National Day of Service and other national community service programs.
NCCU was one of 121 out of 760 colleges and universities nationwide to received the CNCS “with distinction” title. The university was recognized for its:
1. Strong levels of institutional commitment to service and evidence of strategic commitment at the highest levels.
2. Partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community.
3. Federal work-study community service percentage of 15 percent or above.
Community engagement has long been a tradition at NCCU.
In 1995, NCCU became the first campus in the University of North Carolina system to require students to complete 120 hours of community service as a graduation requirement.
During the past academic year, students volunteered their time working in area public schools and tutoring, participating in on-campus events such as Book Bag and blood donation drives, or carrying out individual volunteer duties in service-learning positions approved by NCCU faculty. Community service outreach is managed through the Academic Community Service Learning Program.
Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Honor Roll is compiled in conjunction with the federal Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. It recognizes colleges and universities nationwide for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
NCCU was one of three UNC-system schools receiving the honor roll with distinction designation. The other recipients were UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro.