For the fifth year, NJIT has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest federal recognitions a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including 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.
NJIT students and staff have a long history of community service and engagement. During NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break, held from March 15 through March 22, 2014, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends contributed approximately 1,000 “person days” of volunteer work from Newark to the Jersey shore, cleaning up devastated areas and helping towns rebuild resiliently. Students removed debris from beaches and parks, removed floors and wallboard, replaced floors and walls, painting and carpentry, stocked and distributed food and clothing, compiled information on areas affected by Sandy and performed other work to help communities recover and rebuild. With a generous grant from the Provident Bank Foundation and support from the NJIT University Senate, Campus Center, Career Development Services, College of Architecture and Design and the Center for Resilient Design, NJIT organized some dozen organizations and provided transportation, food and opportunities for lodging for the week.
Launched in 2006, The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. The Corporation for National and Community Service has admitted over 600 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.