Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.51 / 5.00 Kimberly Reeves
Interim Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

UCCS allows university staff and classified employees to use short-term paid administrative leave for volunteer work. This is based on APS 5021 and the State Board Rules. Granting the time off is up to the discretion of the employee’s supervisor. Supervisors of eligible employees may authorize short-term paid administrative leave for the purposes described in this policy. A maximum of ten (10) days or eighty (80) hours of short-term administrative leave may be granted over a twelve-month period.

Short-term paid administrative leave is not an entitlement or benefit. Authorization of short-term paid administrative leave for eligible employees’ rests within the sole discretion of their supervisors as exercised within the guidelines described in this policy. Supervisors may authorize short-term paid administrative leave for eligible employees for reasons determined to be for the good of the university and the state. Supervisors shall consider prudent use of taxpayer dollars and the business needs of the university in determining whether such leave is for the good of the state. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, incentive rewards, coursework directly related to employment, and participation in school or community volunteer activities.

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:

We pulled data from two places: 1) was the most recent NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) from 2018 and 2) was an email survey to our community/volunteer-engaged student clubs and organizations. Between the freshman responses, senior responses and the email responses, we calculated an average of 2.3 hours of volunteer service per student. We used the NSSE data to determine roughly 33 percent of our student body is involved in some sort of volunteering during their college career, ranging from 1-5 hours to 18+ hours each week.

The email survey included Office of Sustainability, UCCS Farm, Chancellor’s Leadership Class, Center for Civic Engagement and Service, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Peak Ambassadors, and Recreation Center Trails Maintenance.

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