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Civic Engagement Initiatives

Nova Southeastern University’s designation as a community engaged institution was reaffirmed in 2015 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching which is a prestigious designation that is earned after a rigorous process that also includes a self-study. NSU was awarded the community engaged designation in both categories, “Curricular Engagement” and in “Outreach and Partnerships.” Please click here for a complete definition. NSU is also proud to have earned the designation of high research, making it one of only 37 universities that holds that dual-designation.

Florida Campus Compact

As a member of the Florida Campus Compact, Nova Southeastern University is committed to developing students that are civically engaged and serve the communities they are in by improving the lives of others.

To achieve this goal, the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement actively participates regionally as well through the South Florida Campus Compact to actively identify and meet the social needs of Broward County. To date, the SFLCC has identified the following social needs of particular importance:

  • Poverty
  • Access to affordable quality health care
  • Educational disparities

To learn more about Florida Campus Compact, and the role that it plays for colleges and universities’ work in meeting the needs of Floridians both regionally and statewide, please visit

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce its participation in the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a Certifying Organization.

This new award is a Presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering President Barak Obama's call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a Certifying Organization, NSU will identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours, and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.

If you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the table below, we invite you to apply today for this award by contacting the NSU Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at (954) 262-7195 or

If you are looking for opportunities to become eligible for this award, please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (SLCE) and sign up for additional volunteer projects available through our office. SLCE offers ongoing service projects, as well as one-time community projects.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Nova Southeastern University was named to the 2013 Honor Roll for the first time. To see the listing, please visit

Carnegie Foundation: Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships

Nova Southeastern University earned the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious category as a community engaged higher education institution in January 2010. NSU earned this recognition through a rigorous process that included a self-study submission. NSU was awarded the community engaged designation in both categories, “Curricular Engagement” and in “Outreach and Partnerships.” Please click here for a complete definition. 

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