Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.47
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Portland State University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.49 / 5.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
36627

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
18226

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
49.76

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:
924000

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
25.23

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:

Incentives are up to individual departments. One example is the bi-annual Campus Beautification an in-service voluntary program for staff in Planning, Construction and Real Estate. Staff are paid for up to two hours twice a year to work on the campus grounds and then staff celebrate with a potluck.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Community-based learning
In keeping with the Portland State University (PSU) motto Let Knowledge Serve the City, Community-University Partnerships marshals support for over 400 faculty, 7,800 students, and 1,000 community partners via community-based learning (CBL) and other civic engagement initiatives to address specific and compelling issues locally, regionally and worldwide.
(http://www.pdx.edu/oai/)

Senior Capstone
Capstone courses are designed by Portland State University's faculty to build cooperative learning communities by taking students out of the classroom and into the field. In Capstone courses, students bring together the knowledge, skills, and interests developed to this point through all aspects of their education, to work on a community project.
(http://www.pdx.edu/unst/senior-capstone)

Student Leaders for Service
Through SLS, 25 students make a commitment to serve 10 hours a week during the academic year at a local organization where they provide direct service to address community needs.
(www.pdx.edu/cae/sls)

Student Activities and Leadership Program (SALP) collects information on the number of students in clubs engaging in community service.

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Fiscal Year 2016
Included all students

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