March 21, 2012/MLive
By Brandon Howell
EAST LANSING -- Michigan State University has received national recognition for its commitment to community service.
The university has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The distinction is the highest federal recognition available to colleges and universities for volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
MSU is the only Michigan institution named to the list with distinction. Nationally, 110 colleges and universities earned that recognition.
“Service and engagement for the public good and civic purposes are fundamental to service-learning,” said Karen McKnight Casey, director of MSU’s Center for Service-learning and Civic Engagement.
“Recognition, with distinction, through the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll underscores the civic nature of MSU’s involvement with community. This is quite the honor.”
MSU's Center for Service-learning and Civic Engagement is the oldest continuously operating student-volunteer program in the nation, according to MSU News.
Casey said MSU was recognized based on a series of selection factors including the 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.
Nearly 18,000 student registrations for service-learning were processed by the center last year.
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