For the fifth year, Azusa Pacific University was recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction, making APU 1 of only 4 schools in California to have received this national award five times. The highest federal recognition of university service efforts, this honor distinguished APU as a leader in civic engagement and service learning, demonstrating the university’s commitment to building community partnerships, strengthening neighborhoods, and fulfilling a mission of service as a Christian university.
APU undergraduate students perform more than 165,000 hours of service each year in local areas, communities across the nation, and service sites around the world. Local programs include:
• Azusa Reads, Azusa Writes, Azusa Counts, and Azusa Calculates, offer free one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and mathematics to nearly 300 elementary students annually.
• C.H.A.M.P. (College-Headed and Mighty Proud) program introduces the idea of college to more than 600 at-risk fourth graders from six local elementary schools each year.
• Neighborhood Wellness Center, staffed by APU nursing students and faculty, provides free health care and education to more than 2,000 local community residents yearly.
Students also serve the global community through mission teams commissioned by the Office of World Missions, a community engagement course in the South Africa Semester study abroad program, and the Mexico Outreach program that sponsors short-term mission trips to Mexico throughout the year.
APU’s Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research (CASLR) facilitates community programs and courses that build relationships between APU and the local communities. Students integrate classroom learning with real world service through more than 145 available service-learning classes across 18 academic departments.
Launched in 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.