McDaniel College again named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
McDaniel College has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks the third consecutive year that McDaniel has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education.
McDaniel students volunteered more than 156,000 community service hours during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, covered by the Honor Roll.
McDaniel’s application for the Honor Roll notes the college’s commitment to support service-learning and community engagement experiences, which is a core part of McDaniel’s mission statement: “Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.”
To that end, the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) at McDaniel, established in 2012, is a one-stop shop to help ensure that every student at McDaniel has a significant out-of-class learning experience.
In addition to coordinating community service and volunteer opportunities, the CEO works with students on internships, career services, graduate school, fellowships and scholarships. The CEO also oversees the college’s international and study abroad programs, including McDaniel College’s European branch campus in Budapest, Hungary.
A key component of McDaniel’s community outreach is the college’s partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. McDaniel students serve as mentors, academic tutors and program facilitators at the club, which is located adjacent to the college.
McDaniel was also recognized for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which provides free tax help to low-to-moderate income taxpayers offered jointly with Carroll Community College, as well as the unique and innovative partnership between McDaniel and Target Community & Educational Services, Inc., in developing a master’s degree in human services management, which has become the core of Target’s Community Living Program.
Additionally, various academic departments at McDaniel incorporate service-learning into their coursework. McDaniel also offers a Faculty Award for Community Engagement that provides financial support to faculty members with projects that enrich student learning through community engagement activities in addition to the Griswold-Zepp Award, which is awarded annually to support student volunteerism.
The Community Service Honor Roll highlights colleges that are committed to community, service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, 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.
The award is administered 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.
A full list of honorees is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.