Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.15
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Kentucky University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 5.00 Christian Ryan
Sustainability Coordinator
WKU
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
20,456

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
3,690

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
18.04

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

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:
53,318

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
2.61

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

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):
Yes

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

Employees are encouraged to engage in community service, but there is no university-wide policy or practice that includes incentives. Incentives may be offered on a case by case basis, by departments or colleges.

In 2015/2016, Human Resources included Community Service as a Wellness Activity. Data on number of participants and hours served will be available at the end March, 2017 (per Wade Pinkard). This initiative was discontinued in the Fall of 2016 due to the dissolution of the Alive Center, the WKU entity responsible for coordinating volunteer activity.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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2466 Greek students completed 49,977 community service hours in the 15/16 Academic year. In addition, WKU Greek students donated a collective $5,000.00 to the College Heights Foundation, 1239 pints of blood to the American Red Cross, and collected 27,094 canned goods to be donated to the local food pantry throughout Greek Week. As well, in total, WKU Fraternities donated a cumulative $49,279 to their individual charities, and WKU Sororities a collective $91,771.

Service hours at the Office of Sustainability - 90 volunteers served 401 volunteer hours

320 Student Athletes completed over 2,000 hours of Community Service during the 15/16 Academic year.

SGA's Earn-A-Computer Program spurred 940 hours of Community Service by 35 student applicants throughout the fall of 2016.

GameDay Recycling Challenge - 15 students - 40 hours
Stadium Recycling Pilot Program - 47 students - 110 hours
Earth Day - 20 students

FOLK 330 T. Evans - 20 students $100 Solution
FOLK 330 B. Kaufkins - 20 students $100 Solution
WKU Rural Health Scholars of WKU -
HONORS 301 B. Strenacki - 15 students $100 Solution
Hill House - 4 Graduate Students
Bonner Leaders Program - 17 students
Student Ambassadors of Service - 14 students for Academic Year 2016/2017 as of 2/20/2017
Faces of Homelessness Panel - 12 students
Healthy Kids for a Healthy Future -22
Alive Center's Meaningful Acts of Service - 40 students
Buddy Walk - 10 students
Parker-Bennett-Curry After-School Homework Help - 6 students
Clothesline Project - 4 students
M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan's Big Red Blitz - 223 students
Project Affect - 150 students
National Volunteer Week - 70 students
(Total: 1,017 students)

Dance Big Red -
Up Til Dawn St. Jude's Children's Hospital -
Alternative Spring Break - (Mindy Johnson) -

Stadium Clean-Up Pilot - 53+17


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