UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

Recognition of UMass Service-Learning

Carnegie Foundation Designation as a Community-Engaged University
UMass is one the colleges and universities nation-wide that have been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community-Engaged institution, based on the number and depth of our community partnerships and service-learning courses.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
This recognition program supports the contributions that college students make within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service.  UMass Amherst has earned this recognition every year since the program's inaugural year.

USA Today  (June 15, 2011)
UMass is featured by USA Today (June 15, 2011) as one of the 20 colleges in the country most committed to community service.

Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good
This book features the UMass Communication Department's extensive involvement in service-learning.

Colleges with a Conscience
Community Service Learning programs helped to earn the University of Massachusetts Amherst a place in the 2005 Princeton Review publication Colleges with a Conscience: A Guide to America's Most Socially Responsible Colleges and Universities.  UMass was chosen as one of 81 institutions out of more than 900 for inclusion in this book.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Citizen Scholars Program was selected as one of only 21 programs to participate in Carnegie's Political Engagement Project.  The Political Engagement Project, designed to describe and assess the impact of select undergraduate programs focused on political engagement, has resulted in the publication of Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Political Engagement, a handbook for faculty and administrators who want to promote undergraduate political engagement and strengthen education for responsible, engaged citizenship.

Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership
An Alternative Spring Break program supported by CESL, Grassroots Community Development, was profiled in the Campus Compact publication Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership, which highlights cutting edge programs that meet academic and community goals while also developing student leaders.

Massachusetts Campus Compact’s first Faculty Fellow
John Reiff, CESL Director, was chosen by Massachusetts Campus Compact in 2005-2006 as its first Faculty Fellow, to provide consultation and advice about service-learning and civic engagement to its over 60 member colleges and universities.