2015 - Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. RVCC earned this prestigious designation for its Service Learning Program and other community engagement programs and services. The selection was based on institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.
2014 - President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” for General Community Service and Education. Among 766 applicants named to the Honor Roll, RVCC was one of just 121 higher education institutions in the U.S. to be recognized “With Distinction” in the category of General Community Service and one of only 22 institutions in the category of Education. RVCC also was the only community college in the country, and the only college in New Jersey, to receive the designations in both categories.
2013 - President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service. Received recognition for the eighth consecutive year based on the quality of, quantity of, and commitment to community service initiatives. This category reflects the best practices of community service and service learning, such as long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Presidential Award Finalist. RVCC was the only community college in the country to receive recognition as the Presidential Award Finalist.
2010 - Citation from Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. RVCC received a citation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for its leadership with service learning and civic
2009 - Economic Vitality Award from the Somerset Business Partnership. This prestigious award was given for making a significant impact in the quality of life of the organization’s targeted constituency in Somerset County, which included innovative programming and contribution of volunteer base.
2008 - President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service. RVCC’s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for the college’s commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation.
2008 - Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. RVCC is one of nine community colleges nationwide and the only community college in New Jersey to receive this honor. RVCC earned this prestigious designation for its Service Learning Program and other community engagement programs and services. The selection was based on institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.
- quality of learning opportunities provided to students
- contribution of both the institution and its partners to community improvement
- level of faculty involvement in the collaboration
- development of the collaboration, its impact on the community, and how it can encourage others to develop similar partnerships.
2007-2009 - Learn and Serve Grant Award, Building on Our Strengths. Received grant funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service and Sponsored by the Pennsylvania and New York Campus Compacts to develop a service learning regional network among community colleges.
2006 - President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service and for Hurricane Relief. Received recognition in two categories for service learning and Hurricane Katrina efforts from The Corporation for National and Community Service.
2004-2007 - Learn and Serve Homeland Security Grant. Received grant funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement to develop a homeland security and emergency preparedness service learning program.
2004 -The Community’s College Indicators of Engagement publication. Profiled in Campus Compact’s publication. Based on the findings of a multi-year research project, this volume profiles successful community engagement practices and programs at community colleges across the country.
2002 - AACC Best Practices Grant Award – Received funding to organize and host a regional service learning conference.
2001 - Alternatives, Inc Community Award. Recognition from a non-profit organization for the College’s service learning efforts helping adults with disabilities and their families.
2000 - Service Matters: The Engaged Campus. Featured in Campus Compact’s national publication with a seven page in-depth profile demonstrating RVCC’s effort to deepen their service learning program.
1999 - Service Matters: Engaging Higher Education in the Renewal of America’s Communities and American Democracy. Cited in Campus Compact’s national publication for having the largest faculty participation nationwide and for having developed two model programs: disabilities awareness and multi-cultural understanding.
1998 - Service-Learning Collaboration award from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. Received this prestigious award recognizing the outstanding work of the College’s Service Learning Program with social service organizations in the following areas:
- leadership in developing and implementing college and community collaborations
- development of quality learning opportunities for community college students through service learning courses and reflection activities
- collaborative contributions to the community and the potential for other community colleges to replicate components of the program