Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Survey Reveals Record Numbers of Students Involved in Service

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Survey Reveals Record Numbers of Students Involved in Service

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A survey released last month by Campus Compact found that students at American colleges and universities are engaging in community service in record numbers. Campus support of service efforts is also on the rise. Results show a steady increase in both campus-based service initiatives and the incorporation of service into the curriculum or what is known as "service-learning."

An average of 33 percent of students at the 504 responding schools engaged in community service during 2002, compared with 28 percent in 2001. More than half of the schools surveyed noted an increase in student involvement in community service; a fifth reported an increase of 10 percent or more.

"The fact that a third of college and university students are engaged in community service belies the common image of students as cynical and self-involved," says Elizabeth Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact. "Campuses are increasingly providing the space and opportunity for students to act on their sense of social responsibility."

Other findings revealed dramatic increases in faculty, presidential and institutional support of community service on American campuses. …

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