Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.72 / 5.00 Carrie Metzgar
Sustainability and Planning Analyst
Campus Physical and Environmental Planning
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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:


UCI Engage was established to coordinate, amplify, and celebrate work being done through campus-community collaborations (https://engage.uci.edu/about/). UCI Engage encourages employees to participate by aligning their research and/or work with community partnership buildings and service opportunities. For example, employees can integrate community engagement activities through workshops and forums during regular work hours. Employees who demonstrate outstanding community service and engagement are formally recognized at UCI Engage's annual showcase and awards ceremony, and a reception in their honor at the Celebration of Community Engagement. See: http://engage.uci.edu/celebration/#engage

The showcase recognizes employees in the following “Great Partnership” categories:

- Teaching/Learning (Faculty)
Honors a collaboration between faculty and community partners that enhance student learning or career development by integrating community engagement activities, community service, and/or project-based learning into a course or a department’s program or curricula.

- Research (Faculty)
Honors campus-community research collaborations between faculty and community partners that build and sustain mutually-beneficial relationships and in which partners play a central role in one or more stages of the research.

- Staff/Administrator
Award honors exceptional staff contributions in building campus or community capacity for civic or community engagement. It acknowledges strong leadership in enhancing programs or processes to facilitate campus-community connections, activate and maintain (virtual or physical) spaces for engaged partnerships, or developing workshops, forums, or resources to promote Great Partnerships.


UCI Volunteer Programs (https://volunteer.uci.edu/) is the central hub for all community service and volunteer program opportunities. They maintain an ongoing list of volunteer opportunities, both virtual and in-person, in which students, staff, and faculty can sign-up to participate.

For example, the following are key programs in which employees are invited to participate. Please note UCI Volunteer Programs coordinates several volunteer programs available to students as well.

- Community Service & Leadership Fair (https://volunteer.uci.edu/programs/community-public-fair.php)
An annual event that invites students, staff, faculty and community members to learn about leadership, community service and field study opportunities at local nonprofits, campus departments and campus organizations.

- MLK Jr. Day of Service (https://volunteer.uci.edu/programs/mlkday.php)
An annual tradition for Anteaters to continue Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy through service to the community. In years past, Anteaters have volunteered at the OC Food Bank to help prepare food for the local community. Despite not being able to meet in person this year, the 2021 virtual activities serve as an opportunity to engage in honoring Dr. King’s commitment to social justice and community nourishment.

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:

The number of students enrolled in Part 1 of this credit is listed as 28,032. This number accounts for all full-time and part-time undergraduate students, which represents UCI’s predominant student body. Consistent with AASHE's note above on headcounts, this number excludes graduate students because graduate students do not participate in the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES). The number reported in PRE-5 is listed as 36,908 - which accounts for ALL UCI undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, 28,032 is the total undergraduate student headcount as of Spring 2020 (https://www.oir.uci.edu/Data-Hub/Enrollment-Dashboard.php) – the timeframe in which students participated in the survey.

The community service data for Part 1 and 2 was derived from the 2020 UCUES (https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/ucues-data-tables-2020), a longitudinal online census of all undergraduate students in the UC system. It is conducted during the spring quarter of even numbered years, and hosted by the UC Office of the President. An important part of this survey is measuring the number of undergraduate students that participate in community service and the number of community service hours per student. In 2020, UCI had a 31 percent response rate (https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/student-survey-completion-and-response-rates), with 43 percent of respondents having participated in community service on or off campus. The data from the survey are representative of the overall campus and were extrapolated to the larger undergraduate population.

The total number of student community service hours contributed annually was 2,304,230. This figure was calculated using the results of the UCUES in which students reported the average amount of hours students allocated to community service on a weekly basis during the academic school year (30 weeks in an academic year). View the above attachment under “Additional documentation to support the submission.”

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.