Wagner wins White House kudos

Wagner wins White House kudos

120315 Honor Roll LogoSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y., March 5, 2013 — Wagner College yesterday was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the seventh year in a row the White House has included Wagner College on the Community Service Honor Roll, and the fourth 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 service 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 Stephen Preskill, Professor of Civic Engagement and Leadership at Wagner College.

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 690 higher education institutions to this year’s Honor Roll; only 100 colleges or universities, however, were cited with distinction as Wagner College was.

Last year, about 1,700 Wagner College students participated in community service activities, logging a total of 80,000 hours in the community.  Nationally, all Honor Roll awardees combined engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours, which equals about $2.5 billion in value to communities across the country, according to the CNCS.