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Center for Civic Engagement

Annual Report 2007-2008

The Center for Civic Engagement offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities.

"Just the fact that I could connect with the Pullman community was meaningful to me. It felt good to be making a positive difference."
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Student Learning

  •  3,193 students registered in the CCE database
    and participated in an average of 1.6 placements
    and/or projects
  • Students across 86 majors participated in
    CCE activities
  • 80 academic service learning courses provided
    students with civic engagement experiences
    within their curriculum

Learning Outcomes

  • Self awareness: In recent surveys, 88% of
    student respondents agreed that they have
    gained a better understanding of themselves
    by serving others
  • Community knowledge: 79% agreed that
    community service increased their awareness of
    issues in the community
  • Civic Responsibility: 84% agreed that they
    have a responsibility to make a difference in the
    world and the ability to encourage others to do
    the same

Community Impact

  • Active partnerships with 243 community partners
    in Pullman, the Palouse, and statewide through
    collaboration with WSU Extension
  • 136 community partners were connected to
    academic service learning courses
  • 107 community partners worked with WSU
    students on co-curricular projects
  • 112 new community partnerships were developed,
    locally and statewide
  • 29,845 recorded hours of service by WSU students

In a Recent Survey...

  • 95% of community partner respondents
    indicated that WSU students increased their
    organizational capacity
  • 87% indicated that WSU students contributed
    to enhanced programs and services within
    the community
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"Students come in with expectations and often leave with new personal experiences and maturity that will help them in the future."

Tutoring Youth

  • 110 WSU students served as tutors to youth in the
    Pullman community
  • 10 WSU students served as tutors to youth in rural
    Whitman County communities
  • Together, they tutored over 2,000 hours and over
    300 youth.

Co-Curricular Community Service Projects

  • 342 projects were offered; an average of 10 projects
    per week
  • Project participation was 1,371, with some students
    participating more than once

Project Impacts in Spring 2008:

  • Socialized 167 dogs, 381 cats, and 197 neglected
  • Recycled 229 bags (4,580 lbs.) of used clothing and
    household goods and collected 111 bags (2,220 lbs.)
    of trash
  • Prepared, served, and shared meals with 37 homeless
  • Provided companionship, games, and manicures to
    222 senior citizens
  • Mentored 424 children and tutored 165 youth
  • Collected 818 lbs. of sustainable, local, organic food
    for area food banks on MLK Jr. Day of Service
  • Planted 790 plants and trees and assisted with
    planting and weeding at area community gardens

New Initiated

  • Combined Fund Drive at Washington State University in
    collaboration with the Compton Union
  • MLK Day of Service—SLO (Sustainable, Local Organic)
    Food Drive
  • WSU Wellbeing Program, in collaboration with University
    Recreation and Counseling Services
  • Spring Break for Action and Change, in collaboration with
    Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Move Out & Pitch In, in collaboration with Capital
    Planning and University Recycling

CCE Staff: Community Board Membership

  • Better Neighborhoods of Pullman
  • College Hill Association
  • Latah County Human Needs Council
  • Palouse Alliance
  • Palouse Cares
  • Palouse Habitat for Humanity
  • Palouse Resource Network
  • Pullman Caregiver Support Group
  • Pullman Civic Trust
  • Pullman Council on Aging
  • United Way of Pullman


  • Distinguished Service Learning Awards for commitment
    to learning through campus-community engagement.
    2007-08 recipients:
    • Morgan Leap, Spanish major; 2008 graduate
    • Dr. Willie J. Heggins, III, Assistant Professor,
      Department of Educational Leadership and
      Counseling Psychology
    • Sue Kreikemeier, director of Early Learning Services
  • Students in Service education awards totaling $18,310
    were provided to 11 WSU students
  • Learn & Serve Grant, Corporation for National and
    Community Service, received by the CCE for Bellevue
    Neighborhood Project—$39,452
  • 11th Annual Campus on the Run sponsored the Palouse
    Conservation District with a $1200 award
  • A CCE-sponsored community project received the
    Mayor’s Award for Cougar Pride Days
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