Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Milan Stijepovic
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Pitzer College
EN-12: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.63 / 5.00 Warren Biggins
Sustainability Manager
Robert Redford Conservancy
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Number of students engaged in community service:

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

Total number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period:

Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:

A brief description of the practice of including community service on transcripts, if applicable:

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)?:

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

Our commitment to our faculty continues over the long term to provide evidence of community engagement endeavors for individual faculty member promotion, tenure and reviews. The institution supports faculty involvement in civic engagement programs and teaching academic service-learning courses by providing:

Awards for recognition and grants for re-design and conferences
Faculty development workshops/fellowships
Service-learning and community orientation in faculty orientation
Modern curriculum models and sample syllabi
Materials to assist faculty in reflection and assessment
Sabbaticals for service-learning research, scholarship, and program development

The website URL where information about the institution’s community service initiatives is available:

Since its inception (and, in large part, as an inspiration for it), Pitzer College has been committed to fostering in its students a critical depth of understanding around the social and political implications of knowledge and action. Students who can skillfully engage in
ethical projects of social change and political engagement (both locally and globally) and faculty whose teaching and scholarship encompass both disciplinary rigor and applied benefits for our communities are primary goals of our school. We accomplish these
aims in large part through our extensive service-learning courses and our “social responsibility” core learning objective and graduation requirement. Pitzer far surpasses the rest of the country in its community service efforts: the National Survey of Student
Engagement has found that nationally an average of 60% of a college or university participates in community service (volunteer, work study or course-related) while at Pitzer that number is 93%. Pitzer invests significant financial and human capital into
supporting service, primarily through its Community Engagement Center (which is funded through hard money and has a staff of 6). This Center has overseen and supported engaged scholarship at Pitzer College since 1998 by offering research awards and fellowships to faculty, staff, and students and connecting them with local community-based organizations that address a variety of social and cultural issues. Almost all students who do community service through service-learning courses (and many who volunteer to do so without a correlating course) are connected through CEC to gain entry to and placement at a community site, support for transportation there and an orientation on ethical standards and legal obligations.

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