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Excellence in Community Service Award

The ACCSC Excellence in Community Service Award is designed to recognize ACCSC-accredited institutions that have made outstanding contributions to their local community through service initiatives.

 ACCSC excellence in Community Service Award

Each year the Commission seeks nominations from accredited member institutions for consideration of  the ACCSC Community Service Award.  In selecting a winner for this award,  the Commission considered several compelling aspects, such as:

  • The scope of community service initiatives;

  • The impact of the service initiatives on the school's education programs;
  • The level of commitment of a school to its community; and

  • A demonstration of how the initiative touched the personal lives of school personnel, students, or community members.

Click here to download the 2014 Nomination Form for the ACCSC Excellence in Community Service Award.

Winner – 2013 Community Service Award

Stanbridge College, Irvine, California

For over 16 years, supporting the local community through academic service learning and consistent civic engagement has been an integral part of the Stanbridge College identity. Through a variety of partnering organizations and events, Stanbridge’s “REACH – Beyond the ClassroomTM” program encourages students, alumni, faculty members, and administrators to give back to both the local Southern California and global communities by volunteering time, raising funds, and promoting awareness. This year, Stanbridge College dedicated over 6,100 hours to its community service initiatives by participating in local events and sponsoring activities such as: flu clinics, senior citizen health fairs, blood donations, medical reserve nurse training, donation drives, and community build days.

Another area of intense interest for Stanbridge focuses on supporting US troops as demonstrated by the school’s coordination for donations to send care packages for soldiers and their families, as well as school-wide fundraisers for veterans who may have fallen on difficult times. Globally, Stanbridge College partners with Doctors Without Borders, which serves to deliver medical treatment to critically impoverished people living in abject conditions all over the world, and with Operation HOPE, which provides relief and support for those devastated by natural disaster.

What is clear to the Commission is that through these initiatives, students at Stanbridge College have made meaningful connections through their community service by applying their in-school knowledge to their volunteer experience where students are exposed to real-life issues where they are able to find solutions using the tools of their discipline. Students also benefit by learning about the realities of non-profit organizations and real-world patient care issues, as well as to see the impact of their work and how it has touched the lives of people beyond the boundaries of their own community.

Please join ACCSC in congratulation Stanbridge College on being named the winner of the Community Service Award for 2013.