December 12, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 5, NO. 3

CSU Channel Islands students in a boat in Mexico

CSU Channel Islands students traveled to Mexico to work on various environmental projects.

The 3rd Annual Community-Based Teaching and Research Conference will be held on March 7-8, 2008, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. During this CSU conference, the "from local to global perspectives" lens will be used to learn about the interdependent connection between local efforts, national priorities, and ultimately, our global environment from the wide-ranging efforts of our faculty, students, and community partners. Registration is now available and can be found on the CSL website.

Upgrading, The Democracy 2.0 Way
America’s youth, the Millennial Generation, are a major source of untapped political power, energy and innovative ideas.  Mobilize.Org gathered these young minds together at the Democracy 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C. and created the “Democracy 2.0 Declaration.” The Declaration calls attention to the ways that our democratic process and institutions are properly serving – and failing to serve – the interests of young Americans.


Cal State San Bernardino received a $2.4 million Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution grant to help Hispanic and low-income students improve their academic achievement by providing enhanced academic support, career preparedness training and enhanced service-learning internship opportunities. Press Release | More CSUSB News.

Cal State Monterey Bay’s service learning program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The magazine names “programs to look for,” which it defines as “outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.” CSUMB’s service learning program is listed among the top programs in the country, and is one of only 14 public colleges included in the ranking. It’s the fourth straight year the university has been honored in this category. Press Release | More CSUMB News


CSU Service Learning is a Risk Worth Taking

Community Service Learning was in the spotlight during the “Fitting the Pieces Together” Conference on November 6, 2007.  In his speech, CSU’s Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Gary Reichard used the program as an example of how academic affairs and risk managers can partner in collective decision-making that best serves the CSU and its students. 

Among the many topics discussed, he touched on the question of who will bear the risks for students involved in community service learning. There has been recent progress with the new Student Academic Field Experience for Credit Liability Insurance Fee Program (SAFECLIP), born from the collective effort of risk management and academic affairs.

In a featured article for CSU Impact, Joe Risser, Director of Risk Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo takes a personal look at how his office works together with academic affairs and other campus offices to manage risk.

“Developing each [agency] placement involves challenges and needs to be carefully evaluated for the benefit to the academic program, mission of the university, and risk to the responsible department or program. Fortunately, the collaboration between Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Administration and Finance at our campus continues to provide these opportunities for students to “learn by doing”. Advising the Community Center staff as they manage the risks of Service Learning placements to protect the university, our faculty, staff and students without unduly curtailing or modifying the activities necessary to the CSU mission is a very satisfying part of my job at Cal Poly.” Full article

While much effort has taken place, we recognize that there are many issues that still need attention.  Impact would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. We invite you to visit our new blog and share your opinions on risk management:

  • Does the CSU have an ethical responsibility in handling risk management issues as it relates to service learning and other experiential education experiences?

  • How can we provide training and necessary information about risk management to faculty?

  • Who should decide if there is a disagreement about partnering with a particular community organization?

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