Monday, May 13, 2013

Koch: UIS students committed to civic engagement

The following is part of a column written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. It was published in the May 12, 2013 edition of The State Journal-Register.

"Our goal is to make civic engagement a part of the educational experience for every student, preparing students to do the 'work' of citizenship wherever they may go after graduation. I recently had the opportunity to meet three UIS students who are doing just that.

A few weeks ago, the University of Illinois Springfield was named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll—one of the highest national recognitions a college or university can receive for its commitment to civic engagement.

We are on the leading edge of a much larger movement in higher education that last year included 3.1 million student volunteers and 118 million hours of community service valued at $2.5 billion. UIS students contributed about 65,000 hours, the equivalent of over $1 million, to those totals."

Read the full column online