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 1997, 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.
Since that time, the CSU's reputation as a leader in community service learning has risen
to national prominence due to innovative campus programs, dedicated stakeholders, and a uniquely
coordinated systemwide approach.
With nearly 450,000 students, the CSU offers annually at least 2500 service-learning courses in virtually every
discipline, providing opportunities for more than 65,000 students. Instead of simply maintaining this level of success, the CSU is charting a bold new
course as outlined in its 2008-2013 strategic plan that builds upon its 10-year legacy of growth.
Along with a new strategic plan, is a new name, The Center for Community Engagement.
Its new vision and mission serves as the driving force behind the Center's commitment to being an
integral partner with the CSU's efforts to serving the economic, public policy and social needs of
our state. These efforts are closely aligned with the CSU's new strategic plan,
Access to Excellence.