Wagner College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in the General Community Service category. This is the eighth year in a row the White House has included Wagner College on the Community Service Honor Roll, and the fifth time Wagner has been cited with distinction.
“It is very gratifying that the White House has, once again, recognized the hundreds of hours of service that Wagner College students, faculty and staff are investing each year in communities like Staten Island’s Port Richmond as part of our signature curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts,” said Wagner College President Richard Guarasci. “Civic engagement is the very core of what we do at Wagner College, and recognition like this validates that commitment.”
“Community engagement not only fuels the Wagner Plan’s commitment to learning by doing, it is central to preparing students for active and socially responsible lives in their communities and their professions,” added Samantha Siegel, director of the college's Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
The Corporation for National and Community Service named a total of 663 higher education institutions to this year’s General Community Service Honor Roll; only 122 colleges or universities, however, were cited with distinction, as Wagner College was.
CNCS has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.