UMass Lowell Receives National Recognition for Community Service

05/20/2011
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

University is Among Only Seven in Massachusetts to Achieve Distinction

LOWELL, Mass.  –  UMass Lowell was recently named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a prestigious recognition for colleges and universities committed to volunteering, service learning and community engagement. The university is one of only seven in Massachusetts to receive the honor, which was announced May 16.

Together with the 2008 recognition as a community-engaged university from the Carnegie Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and 2009 recognition for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, this award underscores UMass Lowell’s commitment to apply knowledge for the public good and support the development of community through teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

“We are pleased to be acknowledged for our community engagement and academic service-learning activity,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “UMass Lowell’s faculty, staff and students have a long tradition of making a local and global impact that improves and advances the lives of many. This accreditation confirms our strength in engagement, academic achievements and innovative research.”

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 measureable outcomes as a result of the service. The three service projects highlighted by UMass Lowell were the Assistive Technology program of the College of Engineering; Bring Diversity to Nursing in the School of Health and Environment; and iSTAR (Integrated Service, Teaching and Research) to Promote Community Health, a joint program of the Department of Community Health and Sustainability and UMass Lowell Media Services. 

“Our students have dedicated more than 51,000 hours of academic and non-academic service in the community,” said UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal. “Each year we have increased our collaborative and academic efforts to provide students with more opportunities for learning from experience through work, mentored by faculty, on projects that address significant societal challenges.”

“As the Class of 2011 crosses the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into a world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their community and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Congratulations to UMass Lowell and its students for their dedication to serve and commitment to improving local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

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.

UMass Lowell is one of only seven institutions from Massachusetts named to the honor roll with distinction. A total of 851 colleges and universities applied for the 2010 Honor Roll. Of that, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the Honor Roll with Distinction, 11 were identified as finalists and six received the Presidential Award. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. The university offers its 14,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, co-ops, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.