As a testament to Midwestern University's commitment to community service, the University once again earned a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This year marks the sixth consecutive year that Midwestern has been named to this national honor roll of colleges and universities committed to bettering their communities through service and service learning. The University received the highest level of recognition: Honor Roll with Distinction.
"One of the fundamental missions of our University is to reach out to our communities through service," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University. "I am both grateful and proud of the dedication shown by our students, our faculty, and our staff to helping our neighbors. Their compassion, caring, and enthusiasm are values that we encourage and strive for on both a professional and personal level."
Out of 690 institutions considered for the honor, only 113 received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction. The distinction is an indication that Midwestern University displays an outstanding institutional commitment to service and has formed compelling partnerships that produce measurable results.
The award, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement, is presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education.
Midwestern University has a strong tradition of community service on both the Glendale, AZ and Downers Grove, IL campuses. Midwestern University students coordinate health fairs in underserved neighborhoods; provide healthcare at homeless shelters and inner-city clinics; organize fundraisers for public service agencies; conduct high school physicals; and give presentations on health-related topics at local schools. Midwestern's faculty and staff are also active in the community, serving on local nonprofit boards, judging school science fairs, volunteering at local agencies, and providing free health lectures for the community.
"Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Civic engagement should be a key component of every student's education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens."
Honorees for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of 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.