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Center for Civic Engagement

Annual Report 2008-2009

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.

"…it also showed me how easy it was to make a difference in the life of someone else."
Lady helping a couple students

Student Learning

  • 3,630 students registered with the CCE
  • Students across 86 majors participate
    in CCE activities
  • 84 academic service learning classes provide
    students with civic engagement experiences
    connected to curriculum

Learning Outcomes

  • Academic and career development: In a recent
    survey 73% of student respondents agreed
    that their community engagement experience
    helped them to identify and apply academic
    concepts in real life settings
  • Civic knowledge and responsibility: 80% of
    student respondents agreed that their community
    engagement experience caused them to realize the
    importance of active citizenship
  • Self awareness and efficacy: 78% of student
    respondents indicated that as a result of their
    community engagement experience they gained
    respect for the life situations of others

Community Impact

  • The CCE has active partnerships with 353
    community partners in Pullman, the Palouse,
    and statewide through our collaboration with
    WSU Extension
  • 167 community partners were connected to
    academic service learning courses
  • 107 community partners worked with WSU
    students on co-curricular projects
  • 110 new community partnerships were developed
  • 32,070 recorded hours of service by WSU students

In a Recent Survey...

  • 83% of community partners responding agreed
    that WSU students contributed to enhanced
    programs and services within the community
  • 81% agreed that WSU students contributed to
    increased one-on-one contact with cleints and
    children within their agency
A couple community partners
"I loved having a WSU CCE student serving at our facility! She was enthusiastic to learn and serve and was very proactive in regard to concerns we address."


School Partnerships

  • 104 WSU students served as tutors to youth in the
    Pullman community and in rural Whitman County
  • They tutored over 1,500 hours and more
    than 250 youth

Co-Curricular Community Service Projects

  • 424 projects were offered; an average of 10 projects
    per week
  • Project participation was 1,855, with many students
    participating more than once

Select Project Impacts in 2008-09:

  • Recycled 6,380 pounds of used clothing and
    household items
  • Prepared, served, and shared a meal with 57
    homeless individuals
  • Provided companionship, games, and manicures to
    524 senior citizens
  • Mentored and tutored 629 children and youth
  • Assisted with the completion of one Habitat for
    Humanity home and started ground preparation
    for a second home

Statewide Service Learning 

The Statewide Service Learning Program extends the range of service learning and civic engagement opportunities for WSU students in terms of both geographic location and types of engagement experiences. Working through the network of WSU County Extension offices and other community partners around the state and beyond, Pullman-based and Distance Degree Program students engaged in diverse face-to-face and at-a-distance service projects that enhance community well-being in myriad ways.

Statewide efforts accomplished the following:

  • 61 student and classroom projects
  • 10 service learning internships
  • 42 communities were served through the statewide
    program throughout 23 counties
Women talk around a table


Each year the Center for Civic Engagement recognizes
one student, one faculty member, and one community
partner who display a commitment to learning through
campus-community engagement. For the 2008–09
academic year we recognized:

  • Student: Kyle McKeeman—Health and Fitness major
  • Faculty/Instructor: Sarah Whitley, instructor in the
    Sociology Department
  • Community Partner: Dave Port, director of
    Harvest House
  • Statewide Community Partner: Snohomish
    County Extension

12th Annual Campus on the Run sponsored the Pullman
Montessori School garden project with a $1,200 award.

The Corporation for National and Community Service
honored Washington State University and the Center for
Civic Engagement with a place on the 2008 President’s
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for
exemplary service efforts and service to America’s
communities. Honorees are chosen based on

  • scope and innovation of service projects,
  • percentage of student participation in
    service activities,
  • incentives for service,
  • and the extent to which the school offers academic
    service-learning courses.

The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Carnegie Classification: In December 2008, WSU was
named among 119 university and college recipients
nationwide of the 2008 “Community Engagement
Classification” from The Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching. The selection recognizes
higher education institutions that demonstrate
excellence in “alignment between mission, culture,
leadership, resources, and practices that support
dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”
WSU was selected for the honor in the dual categories of
curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.