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UW-Eau Claire Students' Volunteer Contributions
Valued at More than $1.3 Million

RELEASED: June 26, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was recently notified that during the 2005-06 academic year, students at Campus Compact member colleges and universities, which include UW-Eau Claire, contributed an estimated 377 million hours of service in their communities.

According to Campus Compact's annual member survey, these hours are valued at $7.1 billion, which is a significant increase from last year's findings of $5.6 billion, reflecting greater support structures for service on campus as well as growth in membership. Figures reflect only service organized and reported by member campuses; they do not capture other student volunteer work.

Amy Krause with her Reading Partners
UW-Eau Claire student Amy Krause contributed to her community by reading with area youth on a weekly basis.

"For 2005-06 our students contributed a conservative estimate of 86,000 community service hours, the majority of which were served in the Chippewa Valley region," said Dr. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning. "Our community partner list is comprised of 1,527 organizations, and again the majority of our partners are in this region of the state, however they extend worldwide."

According to Mowry, using the value of volunteer time as computed by Independent Sector, UW-Eau Claire students contributed a total of more than $1.3 million. The Independent Sector value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector takes this figure and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits and then calculates state variations — for Wisconsin in 2005 it was $15.63.

"Service-learning is continuing to grow as a valued pedagogy, and our member institutions are pioneers in the field," noted Campus Compact president Maureen F. Curley. "Support for service-learning and other engagement activities at the institutional level is at an all-time high, and students are eagerly participating."

The survey also noted that the most common service programs on member campuses focus on tutoring and mentoring (each offered at 91 percent of responding campuses), a reflection of the high number of campuses partnering with local K-12 schools. Other commonly addressed issues include poverty (82 percent), reading/writing (82 percent), housing/homelessness (81 percent), hunger (81 percent), the environment (78 percent), and health care (77 percent).

Campus Compact has conducted a member survey each year since 1987 to assess the current state of campus-based community engagement and to identify emerging trends. This year's data was gathered using an online survey of member campuses reporting activity during the 2005-06 academic year. Out of 1,045 member campuses, 580 reported data, yielding a response rate of 55.5 percent.

An executive summary and full results of the 2006 Annual Campus Compact Member Survey, including the value of service and amount of service broken down by state, is available at online.

An independent, nonprofit association under the umbrella of Brown University, Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents representing some 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life.

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