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What Have We Learned?

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What Have We Learned?

Not only does NASCE data inform individual institutions about their overall levels of community engagement, but the sheer size of the national sample provides us with insight into the state of community engagement in higher education. We can now draw supported conclusions about service activities at certain types of institutions and among certain types of students. Through in-depth analysis of the NASCE dataset, we better understand how, where, and why students serve. Some of our most interesting and surprising facts:

  • Across the entire NASCE sample of 27,038 students, only 46% of students say that they have performed community service during their time in college. That is, more than half of all college students report doing no service at all while in college.
  • Students involved in clubs and extracurricular activities are significantly more likely to participate in service than uninvolved students. 57% of students involved in at least one club or extracurricular activity also report doing service while at college, compared to only 18% of those who are not involved in any clubs or exracurricular activities.
  • While a large number of students are involved in service addressing Health and Environmental concerns, these areas are dominated by “one-shot” service events (e.g. a food drive or local clean-up day); typically, service opportunities in these areas do not facilitate frequent or deep involvement, ultimately diminishing the potential impact that students could have in these areas.