Collin Recognized for Civil Endeavors
October 17, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) has been recognized by the Case Foundation as one of 16 institutions across the country to watch for civic endeavors.
The Case Foundation is an organization dedicated to finding lasting solutions to complex social problems, including expanding civic engagement and volunteerism.
The foundation identified 16 organizations in education, faith and corporate service that produce innovative projects within their field. Only six colleges and universities across the United States were selected.
Collin was chosen for its district-wide effort to integrate service learning into the classroom. Service learning is a teaching method where students learn through participation in community service projects related to their course work.
Liz Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact, selected Collin for the Case Foundation honor. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1000 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.
"Collin is a rapidly growing community college complex of campuses that has shown amazing innovation by weaving service learning into more than 34 different disciplines, as well as into learning communities," Hollander said.
Collin President Cary Israel has been involved in encouraging students to engage in volunteer activities throughout his career. Dr. Israel is a founding member of the Texas Campus Compact.
"We are honored and humbled to be selected as one of the six colleges recognized for our civic endeavors," Israel said. "There are many other universities and colleges doing tremendous work to ensure a strong civic-minded America, and I am proud that Collin is considered a role model in that area. We applaud the outstanding faculty and students who made this accolade a reality for our college."
Collin has won other civic awards including a national Bellwether Award, Campus Compact's National Collaboration Award for Service Learning and the American Association of University Women Progress in Equity Award.
The other colleges and universities chosen for the Case Foundation honor include California State University - Monterey Bay, Colgate University, DePaul University, North Carolina Central University and Tufts University.
Collin serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.
For more information on these programs or others at Collin, visit www.collin.edu.