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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.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
EN-12: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.87 / 5.00 Tina Woolston
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students engaged in community service:
6,511

Total number of students :
10,461.50

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

Total number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period:
322,596

Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
Yes

A brief description of the practice of including community service on transcripts, if applicable:

Inclusion of community service on transcripts varies across the university's schools. Students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are engaged in a number of community programs. Because of the flexibility of the selectives system, students can receive academic credit for their participation. In general, a student can receive ½ credit for each 40 hours of participation. If students are formally enrolled in the selective and successfully complete the requirements, their participation will be noted on their transcript.

The School of Medicine, amplifying their commitment to active citizenship and community service as the signature values of their education, requires each student to complete a community service experience comprised of at least 50 hours as a condition of graduation.


Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)?:
No

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

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service maintains an outreach web portal that provides information about outreach and community opportunities available to Tufts staff and faculty (as well as students and community partners).


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

Within the university, there are many departments that offer courses that incorporate community experience or service learning with active citizenship. In the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, this includes American studies, anthropology, biology, community health, chemistry, child development, civil and environmental engineering, drama and dance, English, education, geology, history, Judaic studies, peace and justice studies, sociology, urban and environmental planning, among others. Tisch College inventories these courses annually to help students connect and navigate their interests.

Among the professional schools, internships with a community-engaged focus are an essential component to accelerate and apply learning. The School of Dental Medicine, for example, requires a five-week externship in one of 25 facilities across the country including community health centers, military bases, and veterans’ facilities from its students. Students are supervised to provide high-quality care to individuals whose access is limited.

The School of Medicine integrates community engagement into its curriculum by requiring at least 50 hours of community service into its MD degree requirements. Likewise, an Applied Learning Experience (ALE) is a requirement of the Masters in Public Health Program.

Community engagement is a critical dimension of the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Program of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Its commitment to the community is expressed in a One Health approach to address health issues facing animals and humans alike and the ecosystems they share.

The Department of Food and Nutrition Policy of the School of Nutrition and its associated program tracks (Nutrition Communication; Food Policy and Applied Nutrition; Agriculture Food and Environment) require community-based internships as part of their degree requirements.

The School of Dental Medicine demonstrates its commitment to engagement and service for vulnerable populations with a requirement of a clinical rotation in the community.

Additionally, many graduate programs within Arts & Sciences integrate community engagement into their curricular frameworks. Masters candidates within the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program are required to complete field projects for community partners such as Aida Refugee Camp and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.