Colorado Mesa University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Honor Roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and has been in place since 2006. Colorado Mesa has earned a place on the honor roll every year since its inception, first as Mesa State College and now as Colorado Mesa University.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Honor Roll celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
This year, a total of 690 colleges and universities made the Honor Roll for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Nine Colorado institutions of higher education made the Honor Roll this year: Colorado College, CMU, Colorado State University, CSU-Pueblo, Johnson & Wales, Regis, US Air Force Academy, University of Denver, and University of the Rockies. CMU is one of three Colorado institutions that has been named to the Honor Roll all seven years the program has existed.
The Honor Roll covered the 2011-2012 academic year. For that period, 3,811 CMU students engaged in community service, including academic service-learning, and they provided 401,362 hours of community service. Using the dollar estimate of volunteer time by the Independent Sector (current rate is $21.79), this amounts to $8,745,677.98 worth of services.
A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, Colorado Mesa serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College, and via online offerings.
Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center in western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 9,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.