CSU Service-Learning Infrastructure Development Initiative
In March 2000, the California State University Board of Trustees passed a landmark
resolution in response to a request from the governor for a community service requirement
for all students in California's public institutions of higher education. In a strong
display of support for community service learning, the CSU Board of Trustees' resolution
called for the chancellor and each CSU president to "ensure that all students have
opportunities to participate in community service, service learning (deemed academically
appropriate by faculty), or both." Since 2000/2001 FY, the CSU has received more than $20 million
to help develop new service-learning courses or expand service-learning offices on all CSU
As the CSU begins the second year of Graduation Initiative 2025, the Call to Service Initiative is more important than ever. Research shows that service learning positively impacts student retention, graduation rates and civic engagement participation.A hallmark program of the CSU, the California’s Call to Service Initiative continues to support the advancement of service learning and community engagement. This year, the CSU will allocate $1,035,000 across the 23 campuses to support service-learning and community engagement programs.
Annually, nearly 14% of CSU students participate in a service-learning experience. These experiences prepare our students to be civic leaders with the tools and work-force ready skills needed to tackle the most pressing economic, scientific, social and civic issues of our time. 2016-2017 Allocation Process (.pdf)
The 2015-16 academic year offered new and widespread, sustained service-learning and community engagement efforts with the CSU’s 3800 partnerships. Nearly 68,000 CSU students participated in a service-learning experience across 3,139 service-learning courses.2015-2016 Allocation Process (.pdf)
CCE and campus community engagement offices received $3.3 million in external funding to support service learning, a return on investment of $3 for every dollar invested by the state for community engagement. 2014-2015 Allocation Process (.pdf)
In partnership with California's nonprofits, schools, government and religious institutions, CSU campuses continued to provide innovative, engaging and transformative educational experiences for CSU students while contributing to efforts that address the social, environmental, scientific, economic and civic issues of our time. 2013-2014 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
CSU service-learning and community engagement offices partnered with nearly 3000 community organizations, providing opportunities for more than 63,000 students enrolled in 2,985 service-learning courses across the system. 2012-2013 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
The CSU continued to expand and improve its community engagement and service-learning programs through support from the California's Call to Service initiative ($1,035 mil was allocated). More than 85,000 CSU students (20%) had the opportunity to take one of 2,600 service-learning courses at more than 2,300 community and government agencies. 2011-2012 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
Despite the economic downturn, CSU campuses continued to provide high-quality and impactful opportunities for nearly 70,000 CSU students to participate in service learning. During the 2010-11 AY, $1.035 million was allocated to the 23 CSU service-learning offices. 2010-2011 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
$1.035 million was allocated in 2009-2010 AY to support community engagement and service-learning efforts. And despite the economic crunch, campus offices were able to bring-in an additional $3 million (representing a $3 return on every dollar invested by the state). As a result,
133 new service-learning courses were created and more than 2,588 service-learning courses offered systemwide. 2009-2010 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
During the 2008-2009 academic year, $1.1 million was allocated to CSU campuses to support the
implementation of strategic directions as outlined in the campus office's strategic plan, the development or expansion of infrastructure, and the development of infrastructure to collect comprehensive data on community engagement campus wide. 2008-2009 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
During the 2007-2008 academic year, $1.1 million was allocated to CSU campuses to support the
implementation of strategic plans, the development or expansion of infrastructure, and other
service-learning and/or community engagement efforts.
During the 2006-2007 academic year, CSU campuses received a $1.1 million allocation to
strengthen their service-learning offices by developing strategic plans, assessing
infrastructure needs, and developing or expanding infrastructure.
2006-2007 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
During the 2005-2006 academic year, $1.1 million was allocated to CSU campuses to
strengthen their service-learning offices. 2005-2006 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
Once again, CSU campuses were allocated $1.1 million to strengthen their
service-learning offices during the 2004-2005 academic year. In that time, over 65,000
students participated in service learning. Collectively, combining service learning with
other service programs, CSU students provide more than 30 million hours of service each
year, which translates to an economic impact of over $200.5 million.
2004-2005 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
In 2003-2004, $1.1 million was once again allocated to CSU campuses to strengthen their
service-learning offices. As a result of this investment, the CSU developed new
service-learning opportunities, supported the implementation of existing service-learning
courses, and maintained vital office infrastructure.
2003-2004 ALLOCATION PROCESS (.pdf)
During the 2002-2003 academic year, $1.1 million was allocated to CSU campuses to
strengthen their service-learning offices. Due to challenges with the state budget, the
$1.1 million designated for curriculum development was cut from the state budget and
therefore not available to campuses.
Again, in the 2001-2002 academic year, $2.2 million was available to CSU campuses to
develop courses with new service-learning components and strengthen service-learning
infrastructure. Campuses implemented a variety of activities and initiatives in order to
create courses with new service-learning components and strengthen infrastructure. As a
result, the CSU developed over 306 courses with new service-learning components and
strengthened each service-learning office.
During the 2000-2001 academic year, all 23 campuses of the CSU were invited to
participate in the CSU Service-Learning Curriculum and Infrastructure Development
Initiative. Each campus submitted a Statement of Intent, outlining specific goals and
plans to achieve and assess those goals in order to develop service-learning courses and
expand or create service-learning offices. As a result, with allocations totaling over $2
million, the CSU developed over 357 courses with new service-learning components and
strengthened its service-learning infrastructure by June 2001.