The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Loras College with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction, for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.
As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the CNCS and the U.S. Department of Education honor the nation's leading colleges and universities, students, faculty members, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. Loras College was admitted to the Honor Roll with Distinction for innovative work in building strategic partnerships to serve through academic coursework, extra-curricular service and through leveraging work study and Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps and VISTA programs.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, more than a thousand Loras students performed more than 58,000 hours of service. Examples of students' efforts include:
Loras College’s 7th annual Dance Marathon raised over $155,000 for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Students put more than 18,000 hours into the planning of the event. Since its inception in 2006, the program has raised $590,530.52.
Loras students made disability inclusion a priority, consistent with the College’s Catholic Identity, affirming the dignity of all humans. Throughout the academic year, the Loras campus was engaged in disability inclusion service and events like student-led organizations, Loras Students for Inclusive Experiences (LSIE) and DuBuddies sponsoring an End the “R” Word campaign, which received national media attention.
In April 2012, Loras hosted a free, regional conference focused on people with disabilities strengthening communities and themselves through volunteering and national service. The event was sponsored in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and planning committee members were selected for a 2012 Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for their efforts.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 690 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, about 1 million of their students were engaged in service learning and 1.6 million were part of other forms of community service, serving more than 105 million hours.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.