Commitment to Community Engagement
Beginning in the 1990s, the California State University (CSU) began to recognize the value
of service learning as a vehicle that would meet the state's changing educational needs while
also imparting vital civic skills and knowledge. In 1998, infrastructure was established at
all 23 campuses and the systemwide office, the Board of Trustees passed a
landmark resolution calling for the creation
of service opportunities for all students, and outside funding was secured.
The CSU’s 18-year commitment to engaging with our local and global communities in authentic, enduring, and mutually-beneficial partnerships is evident through programs such as service learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. The CSU has achieved institutional excellence and distinction as a system, and as individual campuses. These outstanding investments and innovations are made possible by the contributions of faculty, administrators, students, alumni and partners of the CSU.
In preparation for the Center for Community Engagement's (CCE) 18-year anniversary, CCE took the opportunity to reflect on the first eighteen years and forecast new goals for the future. Our new plan reflects CCE's three-year vision, and its strategic directions and goals are aimed at deepening community engagement across the CSU System. These eforts are closely aligned with the CSU's strategic plan, Access to Excellence.