CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume II, No. 6
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
March 2, 2005

News Stories



Noteworthy Faculty News

Lorna Catford, a faculty member at Sonoma State University, has received a two-year grant from the State of California to develop service-learning curriculum that will train students and professionals to work with kids who have autism and provide assistance to their families.

Malu Roldan, Amy Strage, and Debra David, faculty from San Jose State University, recently published “A Framework for Assessing Academic Service-Learning Across Disciplines" in "New Perspectives in Service-Learning: Research to Advance the Field" (edited by Marshall Welch and Shelley Billing).

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
is offering a Service-Learning Institute for faculty in the health professions, from June 17-20, 2005. Applications are due by April 15.


Accreditation - An Indicator of Institutionalization

Each year, campuses are assessing various aspects of their academic culture including the accreditation process, as part of the Realizing the Civic Mission of Education initiative, funded by Learn and Serve America. The campus self-reviews and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reports offer opportunities for fruitful exchange on successes and areas for improvement related to educational effectiveness and other standards.

CSU Monterey Bay and CSU Fresno are two campuses that recently integrated service learning into their accreditation process.

  • CSU Fresno also highlighted the impact of service learning on students and provided data on community impact. In response, the WASC team recognized (pages 12-13) the campus’s commitment to community outreach and encouraged the campus proposal to create a Center of Community Based Learning that will house American Humanics, internships, service-learning and community service programs.

CSU Leaders Present at Regional Conference

A number of CSU service-learning practitioners will present at the Eighth Annual Continuums of Service (COS) Conference, April 11-13, in Portland, Oregon. Here is a preview of workshops facilitated by CSU leaders:

  • “Burning Bridges: Reflections on Partnership Failures,” co-facilitated by Deanna Berg from CSU Chico
  • “Effecting Cultural Change: Recognizing and Rewarding Service-Learning Faculty Work in the Tenure & Promotion Process,” co-facilitated by Valerie McKay from CSU Long Beach.
  • “Naming the Moment: Analysis for Action,” co-facilitated by Eliana Machuca from Humboldt State University.

In addition, several posters highlighting CSU innovation will be on display. The deadline to register is April 1, 2005.