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W&L Named to The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

— by on March 21st, 2012

For the second time in as many years, Washington and Lee University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

The honor roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and in placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement, by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

The 2012 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 94th annual meeting on March 12, in Los Angeles.

According to data compiled by Washington and Lee’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 1,278 W&L students engaged in 45,390 documented hours of community service during the 2011-12 academic year.

Washington and Lee’s entry focused on three programs that illustrate the University’s commitment to service:

For 2012, 110 colleges and universities were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. Washington and Lee is one of two institutions from Virginia to be so honored; James Madison University is the other.

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. It leads President Barack Obama’s national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit