With the completion of the 2017-18 school year in May, thirteen classes of University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service students have now combined to complete over 315,000 hours of direct public service throughout Arkansas, the United States, and the world.
“Surpassing 300,000 hours equates to more than 36 years of field work and community engagement,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “That’s a significant amount of public service work outside the classroom and sometime in calendar year 2019, our students will pass 1,000 completed projects.”
“What makes the Clinton School unique from more traditional graduate programs is this field service work,” said Rutherford. “In collaboration with community organizations, our students continue to address important needs and achieve some notable outcomes.”
The Clinton School’s first student project in 2005-06 was a feasibility study for a Boys and Girls Club in Helena, Ark.
This summer, 45 Clinton School students are working on international projects in 28 countries with 22 partner organizations including Winrock International, Vital Voices Global Partnership, The Asia Foundation, and MassChallenge Israel.