Public Affairs

CSU Community Partnerships Nearly Double, Service Learning Growing Strong

October 15, 2009
By Erika Randall

Group photo of students and staff voluneteering.
Students and staff across the CSU are
impacting their communities and the state by
volunteering their time and talents each year.

California State University nearly doubled the number of community partners it served this past year, while students and faculty set new records for the number of organizations and people they impacted.

Recent data from the CSU Center for Community Engagement revealed 23 CSU campuses had 5,794 partner sites for student placement in 2008, compared with 3,560 in 2007. Additionally, more than 170 new service learning courses were created in 2008, with the total number across the campuses reaching more than 2,570 courses. These efforts resulted in about 63,000 CSU students providing more than 1.2 million hours to their communities through their service-learning courses in 2008. The economic impact of this service totals $24.3 million (based on the accepted national volunteer rate of $20.25 per hour).

"The service our students provide to their communities and the support they receive from our faculty and staff is outstanding. These efforts translate into CSU students going out into the workforce upon graduation ready to begin their careers with a firm commitment to serving the economic and social needs of California," said Chancellor Reed. Press Release.