Old Westbury Earns 9th Consecutive Appearance on U.S. President's Honor Roll

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The State University of New York at Old Westbury has been named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, marking the College’s ninth consecutive inclusive in the prestigious program.  The award is the highest federal affirmation a college or university can receive in recognition of its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

“This acknowledgment is testimony that our College is actively pursuing the values it holds dear -- integrity, community engagement, and global citizenship – as we seek to stimulate in all of our students a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III.  “This honor is a reflection of the commitment and effort of both our students and a stellar group of local human service, health care, and educational partners.”

SUNY Old Westbury was again recognized for its Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) initiative, which places all freshman students in community service positions with area not-for-profits as part of a required course offered through the curriculum of the College’s Office of First-Year Experience. Unlike many college programs where service learning is a volunteer effort, the CALL program is unique in that it is directly tied to the academic structure of the institution.  Through the Old Westbury program, every freshman student studies the importance of civic engagement in their own lives and in the life of a community.  

Honor Roll 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 measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

The recognition was announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.