Community Service Learning Makes Strides at CSU
Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 562-951-4800
The California State University, a national leader in the field of community service learning, is a pioneer in developing a systemwide approach to the issue. Its effect upon the state is significant and growing.
Each year CSU student volunteers contribute nearly 30 million hours, both as part of their academic experience and as a university-encouraged service. This is the equivalent of a $200 million contribution to their communities, even at a minimum wage level.
In this past year, the CSU reached a new milestone: academic classes offering service learning elements are now reaching more than 15 percent of all CSU students. But the outreach is not limited to the academic side. As a result of the CSU’s emphasis on community service, nearly half of CSU’s 400,000 students are at work locally - bringing tutoring, civic outreach, and other service contributions to their neighbors.
“CSU students are strong contributors to the needs of their local communities. As they engage in these campus-sponsored activities, they develop deep, life-long values for community service and leadership,” said Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
Although community service is found across the 23 CSU campuses, that service is tailored to the needs and interests of the students and their local communities. For example:
To learn more about community service learning, visit the website at
www.calstate.edu/CSL/. If you would like to learn more about how
the CSU affects the economic, social, intellectual and cultural life of
all of California, please access the CSU impact report at www.calstate.edu/impact/.
Last Updated: July 25, 2005