The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
The President's Honor Roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.
President Obama has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher education institutions, their students, staff, and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation's communities.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. 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.
2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Press Toolkit: