UNCW Makes President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Friday, December 12, 2014

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll once again includes the University of North Carolina Wilmington among its list of colleges and universities noted for “solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.” 

UNCW has been included each year since the list’s inception in 2006. This year, UNCW was recognized in both the general community service and education categories.

The general community service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals. Efforts to engage in services that address education, health, economic opportunity, the environment, disaster preparedness or other human needs, including support for veterans and military families, are commended.

The education category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education. Institutions in this category are  those engaged in service that addresses school readiness, strengthens schools, addresses early warning indicators such as attendance and behavior issues, boosts high school graduation rates, and/or helps to prepare youth for college success.

“The naming of UNCW to two categories within the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll speaks to the combined efforts of the students, staff, and faculty to engage with and contribute to the city of Wilmington, southeastern North Carolina, and national and global communities,” said Sonja Ardoin, director of UNCW’s Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. “We appreciate the recognition of our community service, philanthropy, and service-learning efforts in both curricular and co-curricular environments and we believe this award exemplifies UNCW’s mission of commitment to diversity and inclusion and enriching the quality of life through community engagement.”