Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Florida State University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
3.08 / 5.00 Martryce Taylor
Student Program Coordinator
Center for Leadership and Social Change
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
41,900

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
15,018

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
35.84

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:
1,165,449

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
27.82

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
Yes

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:

State of Florida employees are given Administrative Leave to volunteer and/or mentor as part of the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Initiative by participating in school or community volunteer activities. Employees may take time off with pay for up to one hour per week, not to exceed five hours per calendar month.
https://www.mybenefits.myflorida.com/work_and_life/making_a_difference/mentor_and_volunteer_opportunities/mentor_and_volunteer_opportunities


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Numbers based on most recent full academic year, 2017-2018; calculated through the FSU ServScript program records. The number of ServScript hours depends on student VOLUNTARY reporting, so it represents only a fraction of the total service hours actually completed.

The ServScript Program formally recognizes students' demonstrated commitment to community service. This commitment is documented through the description of students' community service hours on their official FSU academic transcript. FSU defines community service as, ‘an unpaid, non-punitive, intentional activity to benefit a community need.’ The types of service students which students can apply to the ServScript Program are: direct service, indirect service, research service, and advocacy service.

The ServScript Program is designed to encourage students to contribute their skills and resources to serve others. Through informed service, students gain compassion for others and the challenges others face. Recognizing these challenges, and the power of individual action to effect change, students are able to develop a commitment to practice social responsibility throughout their lives.

FSU supports a service learning program which is experiential education that combines classroom instruction with organized service to the community, emphasizing civic engagement, reflection and application of learning. Service learning includes academic preparation, service that meets an identified community need and structured reflection. A service-learning experience can enhance learning and development, encourage civic responsibility, foster community-based scholarship, provide a forum for leadership development and address social issues. During the reporting timeframe, there were 254 service learning courses (both graduate and undergraduate) available to students resulting in 801,371 service hours completed by a total of 7,672 students. https://thecenter.fsu.edu/service/service-learning

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.