Service Graduation Requirement
Grouping of Questions Raised in AS-2471-99/AA/FGA
Developed by Dr. Gerald Eisman, San Francisco State
Section I: Overview of Program
Is the proposal clear in its intent in terms of the breadth of
the application of the proposed requirement across programs and
the timeline for its implementation?
- Incentives vs. Mandate
Do you agree with the statement in the May Academic Senate CSU
resolution that a service ethic is fostered better by providing
incentives and opportunities than by mandating service?
What would you foresee as benefits to students in the performance
of students? How and why could this enhance their learning?
To what extent should community service be (or not be) credit-bearing?
Would this requirement be met in the lower division or upper division
years? How would you address transfer and articulation issues
with community colleges in your service area?
- Hours of Service
What limits, if any, should be attached to the terms "service"
and "community," assuming that a "community service
graduation requirement" should be multifaceted?
What would be an appropriate amount of community service (e.g.,
number of hours) to be required for graduation?
- Who Judges Acceptability
For courses on our campuses that have a service component,
who will evaluate the appropriateness of that service toward satisfaction
of the community service graduation requirement under this program?
Do you anticipate any special problems concerning transfer
and articulation issues between the CSU and the UC and/or Community
Colleges related to a community service graduation requirement?
If community service is not to be a blanket graduation requirement,
which programs should be excluded and/or which students should
If a student volunteer is rejected by the proposed agency,
what provisions will you be able to make to accommodate the student?
- Time to Graduation
What effect would you anticipate on time-to-graduation?
What assessment measures are you prepared to set up to evaluate
the success or failure of the community service program?
Section II: Liability Questions
Would you anticipate any new, burdensome issues regarding
legal liability between the campus and the community?
Would there be any unusual dangers and risks in your service area?
If your students in clinical professional programs perform community
service, will they be risking any particular liability?
What area of campus will take on the responsibility for resolving
legal issues arising from the performance of community service?
If community service is to be done in K-12 classrooms, can
issues and costs of fingerprinting, character references, drug-testing,
and the like be resolved?
Section III: Issues for and from the Community
Are there enough off-campus service demand and opportunities
for your campus population for the performance of community
Are there potentials for damage to already-accredited professional
programs because of an increase in the ratio of students to
supervisors (or volunteers to agencies)?
Do you anticipate your students competing with other state interests
e.g., a need to place welfare recipients in community
- Areas of Need
What community needs in your community might be addressed
by community service done by your students? Who would determine
what these community needs are?
Should assessment of community needs be done with attention to
the effect of mandatory community service on town/gown relationships?
- Community Ability to Accept
Have you done or anticipated a survey of your communitys
ability to train, accept, and monitor alternating flows of student
volunteers? How will they affect agency profiles?
Section IV: Institutional Resources
On your campus, who would monitor completion of this requirement?
How efficient would this be? What additional resources would
be needed for this?
What specific costs (resources, staff, supervising, and reporting)
would you anticipate in implementing such a requirement?