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Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington Recognized Nationally for Community Service

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington has received recognition for effective contributions to service in the community, having been named a member of the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the second year in a row that Ivy Tech - Bloomington has been a member of the Honor Roll. The award was announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective, and exemplary community service programs. Honorees were selected based on a series of 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 service-learning courses.

“It is rewarding to be named a member of the President’s Honor Roll again and to be recognized for our community service initiatives,” Chancellor John Whikehart said. “This achievement provides evidence that Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington’s faculty, staff and students are modeling a service oriented environment and that the campus is giving back to the communities it serves.”

Ivy Tech - Bloomington established a Center for Civic Engagement on its campus in 2003.  Through the Center, service-learning opportunities have been established across Ivy Tech’s curriculum and volunteerism has been modeled by faculty, staff, and students.  In the 2007/2008 academic year, 1,122 students have engaged in service-learning opportunities through academic course work at the Bloomington campus.  In addition, the Center has sponsored a variety of civic events at the campus, including the upcoming O’Bannon Institute for Community Service.

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Using Independent Sector’s estimates of the value of volunteer time, college student volunteering was worth more than $5.6 billion last year.   In 2005, the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute reported that two-thirds of entering college students believed it was very important to help others, which is the highest percentage in the last 25 years.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. A full list is available at

To learn more about the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement’s programs and opportunities please visit