|Submission Date||July 22, 2014|
Dean of Strategic Planning
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.
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.