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ERIC Number: ED330274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
The Campus Volunteer Center: Mission, Models and Strategies.
Coburn, Mary Biittner
The purpose of this paper is to provide information to practitioners who are establishing and implementing volunteer programs on their campuses. First, the historical and contemporary roots of civic participation by students in American higher education is explored in three historical phases: (1) higher education as preparing an elite group of men for service in the secular and religious life of the new nation; (2) higher education's post-Civil War development of specialized academic disciplines; and (3) the current concentration on developing and training experts rather than producing generally educated people. Next, the paper examines the types of volunteer programs currently found on college campuses. This is followed by a discussion of the essential components that make up a model volunteer program in higher education, including: the need for collaboration and communication between the institution and community agencies; financial support from the college, and ideally, the community; comprehensive training and support for participating college students; and program goals that acknowledge the importance of personal growth for the students as well as those who are being helped. Finally, the paper discusses 2 stages of assessment that are necessary in order to implement a volunteer program, and concludes by listing 10 characteristics of an effective service-learning volunteer program. Contains 28 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A