AZUSA, Calif.— For a fifth time, Azusa Pacific University made the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. APU is 1 of only 29 California schools selected for this distinction.

“With more than 3,000 students engaged in academic service-learning, APU focuses its effort to help address the needs of the community,” said Judy Hutchinson, Ph.D., executive director of APU’s Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research. “We strive to link the university with the city in mutually beneficial ways.”

APU develops and manages school-based programs, community-based programs, special projects, and service-learning courses. Among these highlights:

  • C.H.A.M.P. (College-Headed and Mighty Proud) program, celebrating its 20th anniversary, introduces the idea of college to 650 fourth graders from six local elementary schools each year.
  • Azusa Reads, Azusa Writes, Azusa Counts, and Azusa Calculates offer free weekly tutoring with APU students for nearly 300 youth annually.
  • Neighborhood Wellness Center, staffed with APU nursing students and faculty, provides no cost health services to more than 2,000 annual visitors.

In addition to making a difference locally, APU impacts the global community through international outreach, with more than a dozen mission teams commissioned through the Office of World Missions and a community engagement course in the South Africa study abroad program.

Studies underlie the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2011, 2.5 million college students gave more than 105 million hours of volunteer service, according to 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 145 service-learning classes currently in place across 18 academic departments, each student at APU has the opportunity to serve their community. For more information, visit

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 51 undergraduate majors, 30 master’s degrees, 14 certificates, 13 credentials, and 8 doctoral programs, the university offers its more than 9,900 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.