Community Activities among CSU students are on the Rise
Judy Botelho, (562) 951-4749
(September 29, 2008) – Nearly 60,000 more California State University students have answered California’s Call to Service over the last decade and contributed to their universities and communities, according to a report released by the CSU Center for Community Engagement.
In 1998, there were 135,769 CSU students doing community service and ten years later 194,374 students are participating (a 43% increase).
A 2007 CSU student survey showed approximately half (46.6 percent) of CSU students said they performed community service or service learning at an average of 6.4 hours per week, totaling 32 million hours of service annually. The economic impact of this service totals $624 million (based on the accepted national volunteer rate).
“As we know, student involvement in these kinds of community activities increases retention, enhances learning, and leads to success after graduation. I am proud of how much CSU students give back to their communities,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
In the past decade, the CSU has committed significantly to enhancing the in-class academic experiences of students with the real-world, out of class benefits of serving the community through service-learning.
This investment in CSU students’ educational experiences and in California’s communities has had resounded impact:
- 148 new service-learning courses were developed last year, bringing the total number of courses offered to 2,575 annually; and
- Grants and awards received by campuses and the Chancellor’s Office for community engagement activities total $4.3 million, a return on investment of nearly $4 for every dollar invested by the State.
But the real stories of achievement are best told by CSU students. “Service learning has made me the person I am today - a conscious citizen of the communities that I serve,” said CSU Monterey Bay student Isabel Lopez.
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. 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.