CSU Impact Learning & Serving
September 14, 2006 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 1

Emily Wughalter, San Jose State University

Emily Wughalter, Associate Dean for First Year Experience at San Jose State, presents her campus team's definition of student success at the CSU Civic Learning Institute.

Campus News

On September 22, CSU Fullerton’s Center for Internships & Service Learning will host its First Conference on Community Engagement: Engagement through the Disciplines. The conference will highlight the various ways faculty and students are engaging with the community through academic internships, service-learning, civic engagement, and community-based research. Registration is open to all CSU campuses.

CSL 411

Humboldt State University has been named a “Best Western College” and a “College with a Conscience” by the 2007 Princeton Review's sampling of student opinion data from 656 schools. See Times Standard.

Mary Stuart Hunter, Director of Administration and the National Resource Center

Andre Castillo and Jaime Thompson share their student perspective at the Civic Learning Institute.

Quotable Quotes

“We’ve had great success with our service learning programs. I believe we can reach one million hours of service to our community by our centennial year [2011]. In addition to urging more involvement of our students I would like to urge everyone here to take advantage of our policy in which we will release each employee for 40 hours of service provided each employee matches that amount. Last year many of you responded to my request to get involved in ReadFresno. . . One hundred percent of the President’s office staff will participate.”

-Dr. John Welty, President, CSU Fresno 
Remarks at the faculty and staff assembly, Aug 21, 2006

Community Engagement Sweeps the CSU

In the 2005-2006 academic year, the CSU made important strides toward embracing community engagement initiatives by participating in challenging conversations with both campus and community partners on higher education’s purpose. As a new academic year begins, it is apparent that these efforts have sparked greater awareness and possibilities throughout the state.

Call for Proposals – 2nd Annual CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research

The 2nd Annual CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research will be held in San Jose, California on Friday- Saturday, February 23-24, 2007. The conference theme this year is Diversity in California.

Profound demographic shifts in the state create new challenges in almost every arena from education to health care to economic development, and the CSU is deeply involved in meeting these challenges and creating new opportunities. The conference will bring together CSU community scholars involved in service learning, community based research, and other forms of scholarship and creative activity, to enhance our research skills, collaborations, and community partnerships in promoting civic engagement and positive social change.

The Call for Proposals is now available, and we invite you to submit a proposal for a panel presentation. The deadline for proposals is: Friday, October 13, 2006.

Civic Learning Institute and the First Year

In June 2006, the CSU hosted an Institute on Civic Learning and the First Year Experience. CSU teams from eleven campuses interested in making civic skills, knowledge, and values a contributing part of their first year programs came together for 2 ˝ days to develop implementation plans for a new approach to the first year experience. The participating campuses, embracing the premise that civic engagement is a valuable way to achieve first year objectives, grappled with one of the academy’s big questions: is civic engagement in the first year a distraction from more important first year work, or is it a valuable way to achieve key first year objectives in the first year?

Campus teams will spend the next year seeking ways to help students integrate their work inside and outside the classroom.

Carnegie Classification

Recently, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning established a Community Engagement elective classification that offers institutions the opportunity to document their ethos and efforts to community engagement in four key categories:

  1. Institutional Identity and Culture;
  2. Institutional Commitment;
  3. Curricular Engagement; and,
  4. Outreach and Partnerships.

On September 1, several CSU campuses submitted their documentation efforts. After the national advisory panel reviews the documentation portfolios, campuses will be notified as to whether they are designated an engaged institution.

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