Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Scott Doyle
Submission Date Oct. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Ithaca College
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.10 / 5.00 Scott Doyle
Energy Management and Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Employees that participate in volunteer opportunities on-campus are frequently given the choice of voluntary leave and/or compensatory time.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
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Reported total number of undergraduate students (5,167) excludes part-time students.

Estimates are based on both paid community service work (16 students from 7/1/21-6/30/22 and volunteer service learning. Estimates are based on the Corporation for National and Community Service recognition of Ithaca College on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships.

Ithaca College’s Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA) and Office of Civic Engagement work together to coordinate volunteer community service by students and campus organizations. The college also has a number of scholarship programs that require students to take leadership roles in community service, including the Martin Luther King and Park Scholar programs.

In 2015, more than 5,000 IC students — some 77% of the full-time student population — engaged in community service of some kind locally, regionally, nationally or internationally in 2015, putting in nearly 50,000 total service hours. Note: For fiscal year 2022 we have utilized the 77% number again along with the associated total hours - though acknowledge the fact that COVID likely reduced those numbers for some of the last few years.

Among the volunteer programs run by OSEMA are Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips, Summer Service trips, Service Saturdays, and the Community Plunge for incoming first-year students.

Examples of student community service efforts include:

IC Student Volunteers for Special Olympics (IC hosted Special Olympics summer 2022), in which students coach sporting events and raise funds for the local Special Olympics program, along with raising awareness of respect for those with special needs.

IC Circle K International “Reader is In” Program, in which students read with a child at the Tompkins County Public Library, giving the child an opportunity to bond with their volunteer reader and helping them develop a love for reading at an early age.

IC Art for Service, which seeks to use art as a way to make a difference in the lives of local youth, working primarily with the Ithaca City School District, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, First Friday Art Night in Ithaca and Southside Community Center. Volunteers also make holiday cards for military veterans, those living in local senior residence facilities and hospitalized children at Cayuga Medical Center.

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