CSU Makes Strides in Service Learning
In 2002-2003, 198 courses with new service-learning components
were developed across the CSU in a variety of disciplines.
For instance, CSU Northridge liberal studies students, enrolled
in a biology course, conduct a program, Tomorrow’s Scientists,
which brings 25 seventh graders to campus for hands-on lessons.
This past academic year marks the third year of California’s
Call to Service initiative. The goals of this initiative
- Provide 15% of CSU students the opportunity to participate
in service learning, and;
- Develop and strengthen service-learning offices
on all CSU campuses.
As a result of meeting these goals, more than 60,000 students,
(14.4% of the student population), will have the opportunity
to participate in service learning in 2003-2004.
At their November meeting the Board of Trustees will hear
a report about these accomplishments and Humboldt State President
Rollin Richmond will share his perspective on the value of
Present Challenges and Optimistic Future
Anticipating AmeriCorps funding increase in 2004-2005, the Governor’s Office
on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV), has released a Request
for Proposal (RFP), which provides information on applying for
Through AmeriCorps, CSU students help communities address
problems and meet critical needs. AmeriCorps funding also
can help support the coordination of service learners and
Currently, AmeriCorps programs throughout the nation are
experiencing the ripple effect of the budget cuts, and the
CSU is no exception. Because of the reduction in AmeriCorps
funding, the number of opportunities available to CSU students
has decreased 44% compared to the 2002-2003 academic year.
While there are limited AmeriCorps funds, the CSU has been
granted 24% of funding in California for the 2003-2004 academic
year. This level of investment underscores the CSU’s leadership
role in national service. Join the effort and answer the GO
Funding for AmeriCorps programs is provided through
the federal organization the Corporation for National and
Community Service and through the Governor's Office on Service
and Volunteerism (GO SERV).