Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.56
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
4.51 / 5.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
30,614

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
28,433

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
92.88

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:
526,395

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
17.19

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
No

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

Volunteers in Public Schools at Colorado State University allows employees up to 5 hours per month administrative leave to volunteer in any public school district. The program was developed by Colorado State University Classified Personnel Council in 1995 and is a permanent program open to all Colorado State employees.

School is Cool is a community outreach effort managed and organized by CSU employees that provides backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath and LaPorte, and to outlying mountain schools. Since 1992, School Is Cool has helped more than 32,000 children. Last year, the program assisted 2,517 students in 46 schools.

Multiple departments and offices at CSU also sponsor staff volunteer and service activities throughout the year.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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CSU has several innovative community service programs related to sustainability. Just one example is Fall Clean Up. In Fall 2015, 1,274 student volunteers helped approximately 200 neighbors in need in the local community clean up their leaves and yard waste in the fall. Nearly 5,000 bags of leaves were collected and taken to Hope Farms for composting.

A note on methodology: we opted to include our total student head count in this credit as all students at CSU can engage in community service, including graduate, part-time, and distance students. We know that distance students are not able to participate at the same rate as on-campus students but as demographics shift, more of our distance students are spending some time on our main or satellite campuses and some faculty who teach distance courses require community service as part of the curriculum.

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