Elon University earns fourth consecutive presidential honor roll for service

Elon University has been recognized for the fourth year in a row as a national leader in service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National & Community Service named the university this week to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts to America's communities.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Elon coordinates its community service efforts through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning. The Center partners with more than 80 local community agencies. Last year, 87 percent of graduating seniors had taken part in service during their time at Elon. Elon students contributed nearly 93,000 hours of service during the 2008-09 academic year.

Honorees for the President’s Honor Roll were 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.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is supported by the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, the American Council on Education, and other higher education associations.

Elon was one of three institutions recognized by President George W. Bush when the university received an inaugural Presidential Award in 2006. This year, Elon was among 115 top-tier institutions recognized as Honor Roll With Distinction members. It also made the Honor Roll With Distinction lists in 2007 and 2008.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Below are the North Carolina schools honored in the 2009 Honor Roll:

Presidential Awardee
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honor Roll Members with Distinction
1. Elon University (Elon)
2. Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk)
3. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
4. Western Carolina University (Cullowhee)

North Carolina Honor Roll Members
1. Brevard College (Brevard)
2. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord)
3. Campbell University (Buies Creek)
4. Catawba College (Salisbury)
5. Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte)
6. Davidson College (Davidson)
7. Duke University (Durham)
8. East Carolina University (Greenville)
9. Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City)
10. Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville)
11. Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs)
12. Gaston College (Dallas, NC)
13. Greensboro College (Greensboro)
14. Guilford College (Greensboro)
15. Halifax Community College (Weldon)
16. Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
17. Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte)
18. Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory)
19. Mars Hill College (Mars Hill)
20. Meredith College (Raleigh)
21. Mid-Atlantic Christian University (Elizabeth City)
22. Mount Olive College (Mount Olive)
23. North Carolina Central University (Durham)
24. North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
25. Pfeiffer University (Raleigh)
26. Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte)
27. St. Augustine’s College (Raleigh)
28. Shaw University (Raleigh)
29. Stanly Community College (Albemarle)
30. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
31. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
32. Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem)
33. Western Piedmont Community College (Morganton)
34. Wingate University (Wingate)
35. Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem)