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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Ann Erhardt
Submission Date April 14, 2011
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Michigan State University
Tier2-2: Community Service on Transcripts

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Complete Expired Karen McKnight-Casey
Retired, Specialist-Curriculum Development
Academic Service Learning
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Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:

A brief description of the practice:

Michigan State University handles this in three ways:
- All academic departments submit courses for approval through the academic governance process. Courses which consistently require and incorporate service-learning, community and/or civic engagement are approved through academic governance. The course description includes the service-learning requirement. Thus all sections taught, for example, of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures (WRA) 135: Public Life in America: The Service-Learning Writing Project reflect community involvement. The listing of the course by name on the transcript denotes service-learning.
- The Graduate Certificate Program in Community Engagement is credentialed separately on the official transcript.
- The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) keeps the Official Record of Service for all students. Academic/course imbedded, curricular service-learning and co-curricular service, service-learning and community engagement are tracked, verified and credentialed through the CSLCE.

The website URL where information about the practice is available:

Additional Websites that reflect the Michigan State University narrative (above) regarding documenting student achievements in service and community, civic engagement are:



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