History & Recognition

We’ve accomplished a lot together since 1993, and our partnerships have changed lives.

Each of these accomplishments is a testament to collaborations on campus, with the community, or both. As much as we’ve achieved together, we’re always working to do more and do it better.

  • 1993

    • IUPUI establishes the Office of Service Learning.
  • 1994

  • 1995

    • IUPUI Chancellor Gerald Bepko supports President Bill Clinton’s “America Reads Challenge.”
    • America Reads tutoring begins in the Near Westside.
  • 1996

  • 1997

    • IUPUI establishes the Office of Neighborhood Partnerships.
    • Campus begins the HUD-Community Outreach Partnership Center with the Westside Cooperative Organization.
  • 1998

    • The American Association of Higher Education, Campus Compact, and the National Society for Experiential Education name IUPUI a Model of Good Practice for the institutionalization of service learning.
    • Robert Bringle receives the national Ehrlich Award as an outstanding service learning educator.
  • 1999

  • 2000

    • IUPUI participates in the CHESP international project, hosting a team from the University of the Free State in South Africa and sending a team to South Africa.
  • 2001

    • The Office of Community Service, Office of Neighborhood Partnerships, and Office of Service Learning combine to form the Center for Service and Learning.
    • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities identifies IUPUI as a campus that demonstrates a high level of commitment to civic engagement.
  • 2002

    • U.S. News & World Report recognizes IUPUI for its service learning programs, an honor that becomes an annual tradition.
  • 2003

  • 2004

    • The Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Awards for Faculty and Community are established.
    • The Office of Community Work-Study is established.
  • 2005

    • The Princeton Review and Campus Compact name IUPUI one of 81 “Colleges with a Conscience” because of its commitment to engaging students in the community.
  • 2006

    • IUPUI is among the first campuses to receive the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The designation is for curricular engagement and community partnerships. 
    • The Corporation for National and Community Service selects IUPUI as one of three universities to receive the inaugural Presidential Award for exceptional accomplishments in General Student Community Service activities. Additionally, the campus receives Distinction for Hurricane Katrina Relief Service. Both of these awards are part of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
    • The New England Board of Higher Education names IUPUI one of 25 “Saviors of Our Cities”—urban colleges and universities that have dramatically strengthened the economy and quality of life of their neighboring communities. IUPUI is the highest-ranked public school.
  • 2007

    • The Center for Service and Learning is designated an IUPUI Signature Center.
    • The inaugural edition of the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities, a national tool for high school students, recognizes IUPUI’s service learning programs and the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program.
  • 2008

    • CSL hosts the Third Annual Conference on International Service Learning, with 124 attendees and presentations by 21 IUPUI faculty, staff, and students.
    • CSL hosts two symposia for 23 authors (8 from IUPUI) and 11 respondents.
    • The National Service Learning Clearinghouse selects CSL as a “research advisor” to develop web-based resources for service learning research.
    • IUPUI is selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. It is the campus’s second Honor Roll selection.
  • 2009

    • Indiana Campus Compact and CSL sponsor the first IUPUI Research Academy, a summer workshop about service learning research.
    • IUPUI is selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third time.
    • In collaboration with University College, CSL begins projects on the development and implementation of e-portfolio methodology to collect data on student civic learning outcomes.
    • IUPUI is recognized as one of the top five “Best Neighbor” colleges and universities in the nation, based on survey findings that were announced at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.
  • 2010

    • The Center for Service and Learning Research Collaborative is designated a five-year IUPUI Signature Center.
    • CSL and Indiana Campus Compact host the 10th Annual International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference. It attracts 404 attendees from 44 states and 13 countries.
    • Robert Bringle, Julie Hatcher, and Steven Jones publish International Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research, based on the 2008 symposia.
    • IUPUI receives the Outreach Scholarship W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, honoring the campus’s partnership with George Washington Community School.
    • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars awards IUPUI the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.
    • IUPUI is selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the second time. It is the campus’s fourth Honor Roll selection.
  • 2011

  • 2012

    • CSL renames the Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium in honor of outgoing executive director Robert Bringle.
    • Julie Hatcher is appointed CSL’s new executive director.
    • Patti Clayton, Robert Bringle, and Julie Hatcher publish two volumes of Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment, part of the IUPUI Series on Service Learning Research.
    • IUPUI is a finalist for the Presidential Award, marking the fifth time the campus has been selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • 2013

    • IUPUI is selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth time.
    • The U.S. News and World Report, in their 2013 editions of America’s Best Colleges, listed IUPUI as “one of the top universities in the nation with outstanding service learning programs”. IUPUI has received this recognition annually since 2002.
    • IUPUI was selected as one of 73 campuses to participate in NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.
  • 2014

  • 2015

    • IUPUI is honored with the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the third time. The designation is for curricular engagement and community partnerships.
    • The U.S. News and World Report, in their 2016 editions of America’s Best Colleges, listed IUPUI as “one of the top universities in the nation with outstanding service learning programs”.
    • IUPUI was selected again as one of 74 campuses to participate in NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.