FGCU receives national recognition for community service
For the second consecutive year, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has been named to the Corporation for National and Community Service's Honor Roll with Distinction for its work in strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.
Programs like FGCU's are being modeled throughout the American educational system, according to Service Learning Director Jessica Rhea. "It is gaining momentum in higher education because it is a high-impact teaching practice that increases content knowledge, higher-order thinking, citizenship skills, academic engagement, and success. The number of FGCU faculty integrating service-learning into their coursework is up 55 percent from the previous year."
Students participate in 80 hours of service-based learning prior to graduating. The EaglesConnect program helps them match personal passions and academic goals with more than 300 agencies, including social, legal and health services, environmental organizations, educational institutions, and much more. In 16 years, FGCU students have devoted more than 1 million hours to community organizations as part of the University's service-learning program.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, recognized a total of 690 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours.