Rollins Vamed A 2008-09 Orange County Public Schools' (OCPS) Outstanding Partners in Education

May 08, 2009

Rollins was named one of the 2008-09 Orange County Public Schools' (OCPS) Outstanding Partners in Education. 

Under the direction of the Office of Community Engagement, Rollins students, faculty, and staff worked with Fern Creek Elementary last summer to get the school ready for its new academic year, enhanced college awareness through Pathways to College Day, and implemented mentoring, academic coursework and volunteerism through various service projects at Fern Creek Elementary throughout the year. 

The OCPS Outstanding Partners in Education Award is bestowed upon business partners who demonstrate excellence in the variety of activities provided (a minimum of three activities) in an appropriate amount of interaction with the school throughout the school year, and in meeting the needs of the schools with quantitative outcomes. 

Outstanding Partners in Education 
From left to right:  Holly Vanture, Partner in Education Volunteer, Fern Creek Elementary; Micki Meyer, Director of Community Engagement, Rollins College; Eileen Gregory, Professor of Biology, Rollins College and Julie Paradise, Principal, Fern Creek Elementary

Rollins' Office of Community Engagement was established in 2001 and focuses on three strategic priorities at Rollins: engaged scholarship through the curriculum; campus-wide engagement through service, civic engagement, and activism, and community partnership and development through learning opportunities.

Rollins has received additional national and statewide recognition in the last two years for its leadership in the area of community engagement. In 2008, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Rollins College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for commitment to service learning and civic engagement. In October 2007, Florida Campus Compact recognized Rollins for its commitment to being an engaged campus. Out of the organization’s 51 member colleges, Rollins was honored with the engaged campus Best in Class award in the independent category as well as the organization’s first-ever Overall Statewide Award.

In 2007, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected Rollins as one of 18 institutions chosen to participate in the Core Commitments Leadership Consortium. These schools are leading the first phase of a national initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility. The initiative seeks to embed personal and social responsibility objectives pervasively across the institution in both the curricular and co-curricular experiences as key educational outcomes for all students. 

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching also recently selected Rollins as one of the recipients for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification. More than 4,300 colleges and universities around the nation are able to apply for the classification. Rollins is one of 119 institutions to join the 76 institutions identified in the initial 2006 selection process. Less than five percent (4.4) of the colleges and universities nationwide have achieved this prestigious classification. Read more about the prestigious 2008 Community Engagement Classification

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