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Twenty-One Women’s College Named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
April 2, 2012
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. .
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:
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 DOWNLOAD, 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.”