Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Columbia University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.52 / 5.00 Joan Griffith-Lee
Director, Columbia Community Services CCS
Columbia Community Service
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
28111

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
700

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
2.49

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:
125240

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
4.46

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:

Being a good neighbor by assisting local nonprofit organizations is an important part of Columbia’s mission. Columbia Community Service (CCS) is one of the oldest organizations on campus—a fund generated by donations from Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College employees that supports more than 50 local nonprofit organizations serving the Upper Manhattan community. From music schools to food pantries, from daycare to senior services and health and wellness programs, CCS provides ongoing support to a broad range of organizations. With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100 percent of the contributions goes directly to services. For more information, please visit communityservice.columbia.edu.
On a case-by-case basis, the University allows employees to take voluntary leave or compensatory time for community service work, and looks for ways to incorporate positive recognition on many fronts.


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