Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.19
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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University of Texas at Austin
PAE-22: Community Service Participation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.44 / 6.00 Pam Tobola
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Volunteer and Service Learning Center
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The number of students engaged in community service:

Total number of students, which may exclude part-time, continuing education and/or non-credit students:

The website URL where information about the institution’s community service initiatives is available:

In the spring of 2002, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center brought together a team to survey UT students on their volunteer activities. Their findings were as follows:

About 27,000 University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students performed volunteer service between August 2001 and May 2002 according to a study conducted by the University’s Office of Survey Research for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. The survey was designed through a collaborative effort of researchers and staff from the RGK Center, Office of Survey Research, Department of Sociology, and University Volunteer Center. The 1,514 respondents were chosen through a random selection of all UT undergraduates enrolled (as full-time students) in the spring of 2002. Surveying was done via 20-minute telephone interviews administered by the Office of Survey Research.

· Seventy-four percent (74%) of students performed volunteer service: 45% reported serving in the community; 25% served in both University and community functions; and 4% volunteered solely for University functions.
· Volunteers spent a mean of 111 hours volunteering.
· On average, students volunteered for two different types of organizations.
· The volunteer rate was higher among women than men.
· Students who volunteered were most likely to have done so because they felt compassion towards people in need, or because they wanted to gain a new perspective.
· Students gave as well as served – 60% of the respondents contributed to charitable causes.
Although an annual survey of the campus is cost-prohibitive (the above effort cost around $40,000), the VSLC has ample anecdotal evidence to support that volunteering rates have held steady, if not increased, in subsequent years including 2009-2010. The division is seeking funding for a new survey to collect updated data.

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