Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of California, Santa Barbara
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.43 / 5.00 Jewel Snavely
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:

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):

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

UCSB strives to develop and enhance relationships with its neighbors by providing community access to its resources. The UCSB campus hosts a variety of sporting, artistic, and educational events. It offers immense libraries and specialized research labs. UCSB also provides recreational programs and facilities for people of all ages.

UCSB's relationship with its community extends beyond the campus. Many faculty, staff, students, and graduates actively volunteer for local organizations. Their public service includes food drives, professional training, and health education. Members of the UCSB community also contribute to local social programs through Santa Barbara County United Way's Network for Caring. The list below is only a small portion of the total community service initiatives on campus.

Here are a few of UCSB's employee Community service initiatives:
UCSB’s United Way Campaign
Since 1923, the United Way of Santa Barbara County has been committed to making a difference in our community and working hard to ensure that contributions help local friends and neighbors in need. United Way of Santa Barbara County and its partners work to achieve community-driven 10-year goals, with a focus on the "United 2020 Goals": Education, Financial Stability, and Health.
UC Santa Barbara employees raised over $111,000 for the local community, as part of the campus's 2013 United Way campaign. Taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute to their community, hundreds of UCSB's volunteers and donors gave money, made presentations that convinced others to join or make donations, and raised funds with candy grams and special events. UCSB's campaign is one of the largest in Santa Barbara County. http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/uw/

K-12 Outreach
The campus sponsors an extensive program of classroom presentations, tours, demonstrations, field trips, musical and dance performances, and other educational outreach efforts for K-12 schools.
For example, the Kids In Nature is an innovative and highly regarded program designed to enrich the learning experiences of underrepresented and under-served youth in our community with a yearlong dynamic combination of hands-on, inquiry-based, classroom activities, interactive custom-designed computer simulations, and field trips.
Inquiries: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, 805-893-2506
Web Site: https://www.ccber.ucsb.edu/KIN

Educating Future Leaders
The Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF) Program inspires youth to pursue sustainable academic and career pathways. We do this through classroom presentations in local high schools and through after school programs. Sustainability is being integrated into every sector of our economy and every major in higher education, and yet not enough programs are preparing our youth for this shift. More youth will also be inspired to go to college when they learn how their studies can be relevant to their own lives. Sustainability is a great way to highlight this link. Our focus is on youth and families who have limited access to sustainability-based or environmental education. http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/elf/

College Preparation
UCSB offers an array of programs designed to enhance students' awareness and preparedness for higher education. For example, the Santa Barbara Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Center (MESA) School Program addresses the historically low numbers of disadvantaged and low income students pursuing math- based majors in college. MESA provides academic/career awareness and preparation services for secondary students with high interests in math and science. The goal is for every participant to complete four years of college preparatory math and English, along with chemistry and physics, and to take the PSAT and SAT I&II before high school graduation. Functions involving students, their families, teachers, and staff include school site meetings and activities, field trips to college campuses, MESA day competitions, Academies, scholarships, and summer programs. Currently, more than 400 senior high school students and nearly 500 junior high school students are enrolled in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Schools See link: http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/ps/college.aspx.

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Due to limited data on graduate student committee service hours, they have been excluded from this credit.

On page 9 of Appointment and Advancement policies and procedures there is a descriptive paragraph that reads:

“The bio-bibliographic update should include a list of the candidate's service (with dates) in departmental, Senate, and administrative capacities (including committee service), and of his/her formal service to the community or to public agencies. Evaluation of the quality of his/her service in these areas is important. Recognition should be accorded to faculty for able administration of faculty governance; it should also be accorded for able service to the community, state or nation. Contributions to student welfare, mentor-ship and to affirmative action efforts should be recognized. Periods of service on various committees should be dated.”

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