Agnes Scott Again on President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Monday, June 6, 2011

Agnes Scott College has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff actively participate in numerous community service projects in and around the Decatur community. Around 55 percent of Agnes Scott students engage in community service, and 75 percent of students’ for-credit internships are with nonprofit organizations.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (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.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.

Each summer, the Agnes Scott hosts a literacy camp for the Fugees, a group of refugee, male students ages 8 to 19 from more than 50 countries, including Sudan, Liberia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cuba, Bosnia and Iraq. A group of students work with the Strong Sistas to mentor teen mothers and other at-risk female students at Decatur High School to keep students engaged and confident at school. Agnes Scott is also a partner in the Global Village School in Decatur, a full-day school for 30 refugee teenage girls.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.