Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.12 / 5.00 Christian Corrales
Associate VP of Community Engagement
Division of Governmental and Community Relations
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:
Yes

Total number of students:
32,441

Number of students engaged in community service:
19,748

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
60.87

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:
789,920

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:
24.35

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:
Service - Community Service (3): Faculty are expected to be involved in community service activities such as members of boards, strong supporting roles in charities, and similar activities. At the recommendation of the head of the department or comparable unit and upon approval of the institutional head, up to three semester hours of workload credit per semester may be granted faculty involved in community service, the number of credits dependent on the extent of involvement. (6.13)
http://www.utrgv.edu/provost/_files/documents/faculty-resources/presidential-workload-credits-types-and-definitions.pdf

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:
No

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Student engagement in community service at UTRGV works towards the sustainable development goal of quality education and sustainable communities by involving its students in activities that improve the quality of life of off-campus community residents.
Through the Engagement Zone system, UTRGV coordinates volunteer activities valley-wide. By signing up on the Engagement Zone site, UTRGV students, faculty and staff will be able to see and respond to organizational volunteer needs in real time. The Engagement Zone tracks student volunteer hours so that a transcript of their service may be provided upon their graduation. The Engagement Zone website allows community organizations to sign up and recruit assistance from UTRGV students, faculty and staff.
Professors may list their class through the Engagement Zone to track their students' service learning project hours.

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