Student Community Engagement

Winona State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for the sixth consecutive year.

In 2012-13, more than 5,100 WSU students contributed over 200,000 community service hours. Students worked with a variety of organizations and populations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Earth-Be-Glad-Farm in Lewiston, and Winona Health.

“Community engagement is a core commitment at Winona State,” said Patricia L. Rogers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “More than half of our students volunteer in the community, and that is something to celebrate.”

The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. It highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

A total of 766 higher education institutions were recognized on the Honor Roll. WSU is one of only seven public institutions in Minnesota to be named to the list.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of criteria, 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.

CNCS has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

The complete listing of schools is available online at the Corporation for National and Community Service website.

For more information, call Joan Francioni at 507-457-2336 or visit WSU’s website on community engagement.

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