Twenty-One Women’s College Named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National Community Service

April 2, 2012
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that reflect the values of exemplary community service, achieve meaningful outcomes in solving community problems, and place more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement. The initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

The 642 colleges and universities named to this year's Honor Roll reported that nearly one million of their students engaged in service learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service, serving a total of more than 105 million hours, often using the skills learned in classrooms. Why do service learning and community service matter in college? See below. .

Honor Roll with Distinction
Bryn Mawr College College of Saint Mary
College of Saint Benedict Judson College

Honor Roll
Bay Path College Columbia College Mount St. Mary's College Simmons College
Carlow University Converse College Notre Dame of Maryland University Smith College
Cedar Crest College Hollins University St. Catherine University Spelman College
Chatham University Mary Baldwin College Saint Joseph College Wesleyan College
College of New Rochelle      

Why do service learning and community service matter in college? They make a difference not only in your own life, but at your college, in your community, around the world. What matters in college matters after college – and it matters in the college selection process to find the right fit.

Research conducted by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that women at women's colleges are more engaged than women at coeducational institutions:


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The Relationship Between Gender and Student Engagement in College

The Hardwick Day Comparative Alumnae Research Study CLICK TO VIEW, which compared the long term impact of the college experience among alumnae who graduated from women's colleges and coeducational institutions between 1970 and 2006, found that women's college alumnae are more likely to be involved with community service and believe that it is extremely important to contribute to their community. The research also demonstrates the importance of community service in developing leadership skills and in developing a sense of community.

Among liberal education advocates, there is a compelling conversation about how colleges and universities can embrace and act on their missions to educate students for informed and engaged citizenship. In its recent publication, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future CLICK TO DOWNLOADPDF version, the Association of American Colleges and Universities describes the call to action: “The acquisition of twenty-first century critical thinking skills in the liberal arts and sciences is an economic necessity as well as a social imperative. To fulfill America’s promise in our global society, our education systems at all levels, from early learning through higher education, must serve our nation both as its economic engine and its wellspring for democracy.”