Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.25 / 5.00 Chris Card
Coordinator of Leadership Development and Student Organizations
Division of Student Affairs
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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:

The College formally promotes employee volunteering during regular work hours through the provision of official release time for specific, community-focused service efforts. Two recent examples include volunteering at:

- Local COVID vaccination sites
- The New York State Fair (in Syracuse)
- Events held at the College

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:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

ESF's 2023 STARS report made every attempt to use 2022 data for each credit to the greatest extent possible. However due to factors described below, this credit area features data submitted for the College's 2021 report.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the ability of ESF students, faculty and staff to perform community service in a robust, trackable and continuous manner during 2020, 2021 and portions of 2022. The Division of Student Affairs manages and tracks student-facing community service. Extraordinary staffing circumstances during 2022, paired with the COVID-19 pandemic, impacted the Division's ability to manage community service programs in a manner consistent with past practice. The Division has since restructured and is poised to implement an improved tracking system at the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester.

Despite staffing challenges, the Division launched a new campus engagement and tracking solution (Campus Labs, also known as ESF Engage). This platform will aid the Division in tracking and monitoring student service hours moving forward. The Mighty Oak Student Assembly (MOSA) will soon make use of the platform and monitoring a requirement for all club activities.

During the Fall of 2022, a new staff position was created and filled (Coordinator of Leadership Development and Student Organizations). This position is fully dedicated to fostering student leadership and engagement on campus and beyond.

During January 2023, the Division participated in the Hardy L. Shirley Faculty Mentoring Colloquium. The 2023 Faculty Mentoring Colloquium focused on supporting student academic engagement and included a session entitled "Working with Community Partners". Faculty and staff will work together to improve opportunities for service-learning into coursework (including monitoring the number of hours dedicated to service).

The Spring 2023 semester will see a return to normalcy in ESF service culture. Programs including the Saturday of Service and alternative spring break will be offered once again.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.