Ashford University Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 5th Consecutive Year

Ashford University recognized for community service efforts

Ashford University has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

“This is the fifth consecutive year that Ashford University has been named to the Community Service Honor Roll,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tice, president of Ashford University. “We are very proud of our students, faculty and staff for the many hours they devoted to community service projects last year. There has been an overwhelming commitment to helping others and this honor brings attention to the many good things that are happening at Ashford.” 

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Community Service Honor Roll award, recognized over 600 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. 

At Ashford University, students devoted 23,547 hours to community service projects; 304 students worked more than 20 hours on these projects during the year. 

“Our Ashford students always amaze me at their willingness to go above and beyond to help our community,” said Audra Adams, service learning administrator at Ashford. “I am so proud of the hours of service they have dedicated to helping those in need, and I have no doubt that the lessons they have learned will carry with them for a lifetime.”  

Ashford University was named to the Community Service Honor Roll for its involvement in several projects, including:

  • Work study in the community
  • Academic coursework which contained a community service component
  • Student organization service learning projects
  • Involvement with area schools 

Adams said Ashford students were involved in a variety of community service projects, including sponsoring a dance-a-thon to raise funds for the Mount St. Clare Speech and Hearing Center; reading to at-risk students in the community; holding a Santa Fun Run for Big Brothers Big Sisters; being involved in Campus Pals, a mentoring program for local middle school students; and working for local non-profit organizations through work-study programs. 

The Honor Roll includes five colleges and universities that are recognized as 2012 Presidential Awardees, with an additional 110 named to the Distinction List and 513 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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. A full list of Honor Roll recipients can be found at

Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service. 

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. 

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

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, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.