University of the Cumberlands (UC) was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can earn. The university has received this recognition for the past eight years.
The universities on the Honor Roll are assessed based on their commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The percentage of student participation and the incentives for service, as well as the available service-learning opportunities, are among the other considerations for placement.
At UC, community service is a fundamental component of the university’s mission and on-campus experience. As undergraduate students work to meet their 40 required hours of community service, they contribute to canned food drives, volunteer at nearby churches and nursing homes and donate their time to various causes in the community. Students are also given the opportunity to build homes in the community and work with local children through two campus service organizations, Mountain Outreach and Appalachian Ministries.
Additionally, over the years, students have completed more than 745,000 volunteer hours through the prestigious Hutton Scholars Program, where participating students each volunteer at least 200 hours of service during their time at Cumberlands.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll first began in 2006 and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.