AZUSA, Calif.—For the fourth consecutive year, Azusa Pacific University was recognized by Learn and Serve America on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. APU is 1 of only 14 schools across the nation to have served “with distinction” for all four years since the Honor Roll’s founding.

More than 700 schools were nominated for this honor, which recognizes the highest levels of commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the surrounding community. APU is one of only two schools acknowledged in California, and one of two Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member schools to be awarded this distinction in the past four years.

“With more than 2,500 students engaged in academic service-learning, APU has focused its effort to help address the needs of the community,” said Judy Hutchinson, Ph.D., director of APU’s Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research. “We strive to link the university with the city in mutually beneficial ways.” 

  • Emphasizing the health of the community, students from APU’s School of Business and Management worked on an economic study to help bring in about 20 new retail establishments.
  • Promoting education, APU continued to serve the community through a number of service programs: C.H.A.M.P. (College-Headed and Mighty Proud), Peach Factory, Azusa Reads, Azusa Writes, Azusa Counts, Azusa Calculates, as well as other local programs.
  • Addressing the physical health of the community, nursing students and faculty continue to provide services at the Neighborhood Wellness Center.
  • APU also spent the last year focusing on transformational scholarship, paying special attention to international outreach, with over a dozen mission teams commissioned through the Office of World Missions and the community engagement course in the South Africa study abroad program.

Studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to a Volunteering in America 2007 study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

APU’s Center for Service-Learning and Research seeks to build community by developing positive, reciprocal relationships between APU and the local private and public sectors. With more than 50 programs currently in place, each student at APU has the opportunity to serve their community. For more information, visit www.apu.edu/caslr/.