January 24, 2002
CSUS among national leaders in using
work-study for community service
California State University, Sacramento
ranks fifth among the nation's universities in using federal
work-study funds to promote community service, according to
the latest issue of the Washington Monthly.
The magazine says CSUS uses 44.5 percent of its roughly $2.2
million in work-study funds to help pay students for community
service jobs. Nationally, the average four-year university
dedicates less than 12 percent to community service.
"This has been something that has really grown on this
campus," says Patty Schindler, who coordinates work-study
jobs in the CSUS financial aid office. "Many students
who were placed in these jobs end up changing their majors
entirely and going to work for non-profits. They've become
our contacts when we're trying to place current students."
Work-study is a federal, need-based financial aid program
which helps students through part-time employment, paying
70 to 100 percent of their salaries. It was established in
the 1960s with the goal of helping students while promoting
community involvement, and now has a budget of more than $1
The more than 3,000 participating universities are required
to dedicate at least 7 percent of their work-study funds to
community service work. There have been various proposals
to raise that requirement.
The Washington Monthly looked at universities that
receive at least $250,000 in federal aid. In the article,
titled "The Other College Rankings," CSUS was ranked
fifth nationally, fourth among public universities and second
among California universities (UC Riverside was second nationally)
for percentage of work-study funds used for community service.
About 900 CSUS students receive work-study aid each year.
Those in community service-related jobs work for such organizations
as America Reads, St. Hope Academy, Sacramento Food Bank,
Legal Services of Northern California, Wind Youth Center,
Mercy Housing Corporation, Sacramento Area Emergency Housing
and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
In fact, CSUS students have generally shown a strong inclination
to serve their community. In addition to those with work-study
jobs in community service, fully 40 percent of CSUS students
perform community service as volunteers. More than 1,000 students
take classes with a service-learning component. And throughout
the CSU system, students contribute about 33.6 million hours
of community service every year.
The Washington Monthly article and rankings are available
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