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Fourteen CSU campuses honored for Service Learning and Civic Engagement


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14 CSU campuses honored for Service Learning and Civic Engagement

(March 2, 2010) –Fourteen California State University campuses have received the highest federal honor that universities can receive for their commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

The CSU’s 14 campuses are among more than 700 institutions of higher learning that were named this week to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.

Six CSU campuses received the “Honor Roll with Distinction” designation: Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Monterey Bay, Sacramento and San Bernardino. Eight CSU campuses were named “Honor Roll” members: Channel Islands, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos and Stanislaus.

The CSU was the first higher education system in the country to establish a system office supporting service learning and community engagement. According to the CSU Center for Community Engagement data, the 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.

Approximately 63,000 CSU students provided 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). If service learning, community service and civic engagement hours were totaled for the nearly half of CSU’s 450,000 students who provide some type of service, the total annual economic impact approaches $650 million.

"Together, CSU campuses and California’s communities have shouldered numerous set-backs both in funding for education and social service programs. This national recognition honors the many individuals both within the CSU and across California whose contributions, perseverance and dedication continue to spark innovation and support the needs of Californians," said Judy Botelho, CSU director of the Center for Community Engagement.  

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About the Honor Roll
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.  A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll. President Obama has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher institutions, their students, staff, and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation’s communities.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 433,000 students and 44,000 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.

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