Emory & Henry College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Emory & Henry’s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of its commitment to service and civic engagement.
This year, Emory & Henry was honored in two categories, general community service and education community service. In both categories, Emory & Henry was honored “with distinction,” placing it among the top one-third of the approximately 300 institutions listed on the Honor Roll.
This recognition marks the fifth consecutive year that Emory & Henry College has been named to the Honor Roll.
In 2010, Emory & Henry was named one of only six institutions from the national Honor Roll to receive the President’s Award, the highest national recognition for service learning. In 2011, Emory & Henry was recognized as one of 11 finalists for the President’s Award.
Emory & Henry is the only college or university in Virginia to ever win the President’s Award and one of only a few institutions nationwide to win the award or be named a finalist in two consecutive years.
In addition to the President’s Award and placement on the Honor Roll, Emory & Henry has received other national recognition for its service learning. Newsweek Magazine ranks the College among the top 5 most service- minded colleges. USA Today has ranked the institution among the top 20 in a similar category.
Emory & Henry College’s continued recognition for service bears witness to the strength and legacy of this institution’s historic commitment to educating and equipping an effective citizenry for the American republic, according to E&H President Jake Schrum.
“Emory & Henry is ranked among the top 50 liberal arts institutions in the nation, and that reputation for quality is built in large part on the College’s ability to mold quality students and graduates through service and leadership,” Schrum said.
According to Dr. Tal Stanley, director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, Emory & Henry is distinctive in part because the College asks its students and employees to demonstrate every day the relevancy and importance of its mission to the people and places of Southwest Virginia and beyond.
Emory & Henry provides both commitment and innovation to its service learning. These approaches already have led to major improvements in our communities and will continue to shape a better Southwest Virginia in the future.Tal StanleyDirector of the Appalachaian Center for Civic Life