Johnson & Wales University Again Recognized By U.S. President’s Honor Roll for Community Service: Only Rhode Island University to be honored “with distinction”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May 16, 2011 – Johnson & Wales University has been selected for the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities. JWU is the only university in Rhode Island to be admitted to the 2010 Honor Roll “With Distinction” by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This is the second time JWU has received the honor “with distinction” (2007). The Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales also was included on the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll in 2006, 2008, 2009 and has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its work in the community (2008). In the 2009-10 academic year, JWU students performed 100,363 hours of community service.

“Johnson & Wales University has a strong institutional commitment to community service; it is in our mission, and it is one of the reasons our students choose to enroll here,” said Irving Schneider, Ph.D., president of JWU’s Providence Campus. “Through their community service and JWU’s service-learning programs, our students learn the importance of being responsible and caring neighbors and community citizens. We are proud to receive this honor which highlights the impressive impact our students have been making in the community every year.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll; 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll “with distinction.” Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. 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, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. For more information about the Honor Roll and the Corporation for National and Community Service, go to www.nationalservice.gov.