Niagara University's community service efforts honored
Niagara University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the community. This is the fourth time that Niagara has been selected for this honor, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The honor roll was established in 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Niagara was among 12 colleges and universities in New York state named as Honor Roll with Distinction members. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentive for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Service projects at Niagara involve the volunteer efforts of an estimated 2,000 students, who provide approximately 55,000 hours of service annually as tutors in local school districts and as interns and volunteers in more than 40 social service agencies and organizations in Western New York and southern Ontario. Niagara also operates ReNU Niagara, a community outreach partnership center that coordinates programs in Niagara Falls. Niagara's four colleges also operate centers that provide research, training, and professional and educational services for business and industry, school districts, and families.