Kudos for Service
UM is one of seven colleges and
universities nationwide to receive the Higher Education Award for Leadership in National
Service. The Corporation for
National Service selected UM for the honor.
UM earned the award for its efforts to help students develop the values and skills of
citizenship through civic engagement and public service. Since 1993 the Missoula campus
has housed Montana Campus Compact,
a statewide higher education organization that supports campus-based public service.
The compact oversees 55 part-time Campus Corps: AmeriCorps members who coordinate
service on 15 Montana campuses. These students tutor in schools, coordinate environmental
cleanups, structure school activities for youth, collect food for the hungry and generally
work to meet a variety of needs in Montana communities.
The compact also supports UMs Volunteer Action Services in its Digital Divide Program, with 26
full-time members who work to educate rural Montanans about Information Age technology. In
addition, Campus Compact awards fellowships to higher education faculty members who
integrate service learning into their course work and address a variety of community
The Corporation for National Service was established in 1993 to engage Americans of all
ages and backgrounds in service to their communities.