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Santa Clara University Receives National Recognition for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Santa Clara University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Santa Clara was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the fifth consecutive year the University has received this award.
There are several programs at Santa Clara—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service-oriented learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement. The University also implemented its new core curriculum in 2009, which requires students to participate in some form of community-based learning during their undergraduate years.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, some 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, with their time and efforts valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services; college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more. Read more.