Survey: Fresno State Students Join Others Nationwide in Contributing to Billions in Service to Communities
Every year, cities and towns throughout the United States receive billions of dollars
worth of volunteer service from students who attend local colleges. According to one annual
study, the 950 colleges and universities that are members of the Campus Compact – roughly
one-third of the nation’s higher education campuses – accounted for more than $4 billion
In addition to annual data, this year’s survey includes five-year trend data showing consistent and impressive increases in engagement on campuses over time. For example, among campuses responding each year, the proportion of students involved in service increased from 33 percent in 2001 to 40 percent in 2004. Similarly, the proportion of campuses with a service or service-learning office increased from 75 percent to 92 percent between 2000 and 2004. During the same time period, the average number of faculty who teach service-learning courses nearly tripled, from 14 per campus to 40.
Support for civic and community-based programs on the part of college and university presidents also continues to climb. Over the last five years, presidents have increasingly written and spoken publicly about the importance of service and civic engagement, allocated funds for community-based programs, and hosted civic engagement conferences on their campuses. Last year, 86 percent of campuses reported that their president publicly promoted service and civic engagement, showing widespread commitment on the part of Campus Compact member presidents. Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty has been a local and national leader with respect to advancing engagement efforts.
In addition to stepping up overall participation in service, students are also increasingly involved in decision-making and administrative processes that maintain service and civic engagement programs. Among other work, students serve on relevant committees (80%), work in community service/service-learning offices (73%), and act as liaisons to community agencies (67%). These results speak to how campuses are involving students in taking responsibility for their civic engagement activity, preparing them to be active members of our democracy.
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Campus Compact and Member survey
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