Center for Community Engagement

Noteworthy - 2014-15 Academic Year

noteworthyThe 2014-15 academic year offered new and widespread, sustained service-learning and community engagement efforts with the CSU’s 3,200 partnerships. Despite reductions in state support for higher education in recent years, the commitment, resilience, and engagement of our faculty and staff to student success ensured that nearly 66,000 CSU students participated in a service-learning experience across 3,055 service-learning courses.

Approximately half of CSU’s 460,000 students are involved in some type of community service. This equates to 32 million hours of service annually with a total economic impact of $738 million. *

Annually, CSU system and campus service-learning and community engagement offices maximize the state’s investment in community engagement. In 2014-15, the CSU brought in $4 million in external funds to support service learning, one of our highest fundraising amounts in the past 18 years. This equates to a return on investment of $4 for every dollar invested by the state for community engagement.

*Based on the accepted 2014 national volunteer rate of $23.07 per hour by the Independent Sector.

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Awardees

Eleven CSU campuses – Bakersfield, Chico, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Marcos, and Stanislaus – were honored with the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. The 11 join an elite group of 361 colleges and universities across the country to receive the designation, including three other CSU campuses—Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills and Sacramento—that received the honor in 2010.

National Awardees:

  • CSU Fullerton received the 2014 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center. Fullerton is the fourth CSU campus to receive this prestigious award. CSU Monterey Bay received the award in 2013, CSU San Bernardino in 2012, and San Francisco State in 2011.  
  • Provost Harold Hellenbrand of CSU Northridge was awarded AASCU’s 2014 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. The award is given by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing civic learning through a variety of programs and activities.
  • Ms. Cheryl McKnight, Director of the Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic and Community Engagement at CSU Dominguez Hills, was named as the recipient of California Campus Compact’s 2015 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

2014 President’s Honor Roll Awardees:

15 CSU campuses were named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions for their commitment to and achievement in community service. CSU Dominguez Hills was one of only four universities across the nation to receive the Presidential Award, the Honor Roll’s top distinction.

  • Presidential Award: Dominguez Hills
  • General Community Service:
    Honor Roll with Distinction:  Fresno, Fullerton, Monterey Bay, San Francisco and Stanislaus
    Honor Roll: Channel Islands, Chico, Long Beach, Humboldt, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and San Marcos
  • Economic Opportunity:
    Honor Roll with Distinction: Monterey Bay and Stanislaus
    Honor Roll: Long Beach and San Bernardino
  • Education:
    Honor Roll with Distinction: San Francisco and Stanislaus
    Honor Roll: Chico, Fresno, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge and San Bernardino