12 Cal State Campuses Receive National Community Service Awards

Contact: Colleen Bentley, 562, 951-4801, cbentley@calstate.edu, or Season Eckardt, 562 951-4787 or seckardt@calstate.edu

(October 23, 2006) – Twelve California State University campuses recently received national awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service for their extraordinary service to their communities.

CSU Monterey Bay received one of the top six honors – the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award for General Community Service. The honor carries with it a $5,000 award.

The other honored CSU campuses are:

Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for Hurricane Relief Service:
· Humboldt State University

Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service:
· Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
· CSU Chico
· Cal State San Marcos
· San Jose State University

Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service:
· Fresno State
· Cal State Northridge
· CSU San Bernardino
· CSU Stanislaus
· San Diego State University
· San Francisco State University

Nearly 200,000 CSU students—half of the system’s student body—give back to their communities in significant ways. In 2005–06, CSU students provided 30 million hours of service, which equals a minimum wage value of $200 million. That is $200 million worth of skills invested in non-profits, businesses, cities and the state by CSU students. Since 1999, more than one million CSU students have been involved in community service-learning.

The CSU Chancellor’s Office recently produced videos showcasing six CSU campuses and their community service projects. The system video and the individual campus videos can be viewed at www.calstate.edu/csl/news_pubs/videos.shtml. The videos can also be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/profile?user=csuco.

“The California State University's has made a commitment to service learning and community engagement because we recognize that it fosters an ethic of service that will last for a lifetime,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

The Presidents Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The recognition is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents, and supported by all the major national higher education associations. More than 500 colleges applied for the Honor Roll in its inaugural year.

The awards were presented a day after the Corporation for National and Community Service released a comprehensive report, “College Students Helping America,” which shows college student civic engagement rising significantly in recent years. The study, which used data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that student volunteering increased approximately 20 percent from 2002 to 2005, and that 3.3 million college students serve their communities and nation.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2.5 million degrees, about 87,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: October 25, 2006

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