Campus: San Francisco State University -- April 13, 2005
SFSU Among First In U.S. To Include Community Work On Student Transcripts
About 3,000 students volunteered 132,427 hours last year as part of their coursework
As of last fall San Francisco State University is giving credit where it is
due to students who perform community service: on their official University
This effort, spearheaded by the University's Office of Community Service Learning
(OCSL), is believed to make SFSU the first college west of the Mississippi to
include on transcripts student community volunteer work that is completed as part
of their coursework.
Approved community service learning courses completed by a student are noted on
the transcript, along with the total number of community service hours that the
student performed that semester, and cumulatively throughout his or her SFSU
career. A student must perform a minimum of 20 hours per semester in courses
designated by OCSL for the hours to be included on a transcript.
"The benefits for students are tremendous," says Perla Barrientos, OCSL director.
"It shows you can work with people and are willing to provide for your community
Barrientos said that more employers and graduate schools are seeking applicants
with volunteer experience in a competitive job market. She adds that inclusion of
community service hours on student transcripts provides proof that the student
completed the amount of volunteer work in the community that he or she claims on
a resume and in interviews. This gives SFSU students an advantage over their
counterparts at most other universities.
SFSU has long been considered a leader in community service learning - a teaching
method that incorporates academic study with community service experiences. In
2003-2004, about 3,000 students took part in service learning classes, contributing
more than 132,427 hours to the surrounding community. That contribution would
add up to nearly $900,000 if paid at the minimum wage. The University offers
nearly 170 designated community service learning courses, a number that is expected
to grow in coming years.
For details, visit the OCSL Web site at:
Contact: Matt Itelson (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;