BGSU recognized on community service honor roll

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Community service has long been a hallmark of the Bowling Green State University experience. The University’s commitment to both community service and to learning from it has earned BGSU a place on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, published annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

BGSU was named to the Ohio “Honor Roll.” To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The numbers of BGSU students participating and the hours they spent are impressive —over 9,000 students gave 174,423 hours. The three programs BGSU submitted to the committee as expressive of its service philosophy were:

• Chapman Learning Community, an interdisciplinary, first-year residential living-learning community with a signature identity focused on service and civic engagement;

• BG Teen Central, which serves seventh- and eighth-grade teens in Bowling Green. The program provides a safe space for teens without access to other options and focuses on tutoring, developmentally appropriate programming, and mentoring by college students;

 • MLK Jr. Day of Service Challenge, which symbolizes a commitment to high impact service. The challenge model encourages students to apply problem solving and critical thinking to accomplish a task and learn about social needs in northwest Ohio.

The 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.

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(Posted June 29, 2012 )