Lasell College Receives National Recognition for Community Service


Lasell College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

July 18, 2011

Lasell College was named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community. The award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual award, recognized 114 of 641 colleges and universities on the Honor Roll with distinction for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. A total of 851 institutions applied for the honor.

Lasell College and its students have been instrumental in local community service activities including volunteer work and partnerships through America Reads/America Counts, community work with local non profits, and work with the Barry Price Center in Newton, MA, which serves intellectually, emotionally, and/or physically challenged children and young adults.

With a strong culture of community service on campus, more than 50 percent of the student body and 43 percent of the full-time faculty have had at least one service learning experience in the last year.

"Lasell is committed to local community service, which is evidenced by the large number of faculty and students involved in these activities. We are very proud to see Lasell named to the National Honor Roll with distinction," said Lasell President Michael B. Alexander.

Earlier this Spring, Lasell College also won this year's Massachusetts Campus Compact Presidents' Community Partnership Award, honoring the College's work with local non-profit The Second Step.

That award recognizes the innovative work of MACC members in partnership with a local school or non-profit organization to the benefit of a Massachusetts community. The Second Step (TSS) in Newton provides an array of services for families transitioning away from abuse.