Villanova Recognized for Commitment to Community Service and Engagement

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Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University was recently recognized by two national organizations for its efforts in community engagement and service. The Corporation for National & Community Service recognized Villanova on its 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, while the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected the University as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.  

“These distinguished recognitions are a wonderful reflection of just how intricately community service and civic engagement are woven into the fabric of who we are as a University,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President.

The Corporation for National & Community Service has administered its President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. Villanova was named to the 2014 Honor Roll with Distinction in the category of General Community Service. The University first appeared on the President’s Honor Roll in 2007 and has now received the recognition on seven occasions. The 2014 recognition marks the third time that Villanova has appeared on the Honor Roll with Distinction (2007, 2010, and 2014). 

Villanova first received Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2008, and was among 157 institutions to have this classification renewed in 2015. Nationally, 361 campuses, including Villanova, now hold this important designation. The classification is based upon materials submitted by institutions describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community both locally and beyond. 

Villanovans provide nearly 250,000 hours of service annually in communities locally, regionally and globally. In the Philadelphia area, Villanovans participate in weekly outreach opportunities at social service and charitable organizations. They also engage in a wide variety of long-term mentoring and service-break experiences as well as ongoing Habitat for Humanity projects. Villanova also plays host to the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world, participates annually in the national MLK Day of Service, and hosts an annual Day of Service in honor of its Patron Saint, St. Thomas.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.