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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 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
EN-12: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 5.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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Number of students engaged in community service:
685

Total number of students :
2,354

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:
49,320

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:

Historically, Vassar has emphasized to its students the importance of learning beyond the classroom and the laboratory: since 1949 our Field Work Office has helped students earn academic credit for this "experiential" learning, while simultaneously contributing their skills to hundreds of local agencies and organizations. Over time these opportunities have reached even further outside of our local community, based on the individual students’ interests.
Field Work is part of students’ academic curriculum, and doing fieldwork for academic credit is the most popular way that Vassar students can get involved off-campus.


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

In order to arrive at the number of students engaged in community service we consulted a variety of community service program directors and student coordinators regarding the number of students involved with their programs. These numbers were added to come up with a number of participant-equivalents.

To calculate the total number of community service hours, we started with the fact that students participate in Field Work for either 4 (half-credit) or 8 hours (full-credit) a week for the 12-week semester. We calculated the average of each of these hourly totals to arrive at the one-year total of 49,320 hours.

other urls:
http://studentemployment.vassar.edu/community_service/index.html
http://neighbors.vassar.edu/getinvolved/credit-other/index.html
http://vsa.vassar.edu/organizations

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.