Community Engaged Scholar FAQ's
FAQ's About The 400 Service Hours
Yes. Be sure to log them on your monthly time sheets.
You may begin recording service hours the semester that you enroll in the program. For example, if you enroll in the program in April you may record hours for the whole spring semester beginning in January.
Yes. It is suggested that you spend between 50 to 100 hours on your capstone project.
Yes. For example, if you are coordinating an environmental clean-up project, the time spent calling and organizing volunteers for the project can be counted, as well as the time actually spent on the clean-up project.
Yes and No. Typically, travel time to and from service projects in Logan does not count toward the 400 hour requirement. However if travel is a significant part of your service in Logan you may contact the CSD to have travel time approved. However, travel time to service locations outside of Logan does count.
No. Service can be done over the semester or summer while you are not registered for classes.
You should complete your reports each month through AggieSync - which can be accessed throuh Quicklinks on My.USU.edu. You are required to have them completed prior to your semester meeting with a program advisor. Do not wait until the end of the semester to record your hours, your memory might not be as good as you think.
There are a number of ways to find out about service opportunities:
- Visit the Val R. Christensen Service Center, TSC room 332, or on the web at http://www.usu.edu/asusu/servicecenter/. Sign up for specific programs or contact the program directors to serve on a committee.
- Watch for emails from the Community Engaged Learning Program with information about upcoming service events.
- Visit the Cache Valley Volunteer Center located in Smith’s Food and Drug, 442 North 175 East, Logan, UT 84321.
- Choose a non-profit of interest and let them know of your commitment to serve.
- Come talk to the Center for Community Engagement staff - they will be involved in all these programs and will be able to direct you to an opportunity that is right for you. They might also be able to point you towards opportunities specific to a particular course or major.
Our record holder completed 1000 hours of service in one year! This was an extraordinary effort and is not recommended for most students.
Here are some guidelines:
- Hours add up over time. The earlier you begin the easier it will be. If you begin the program two years before your graduate you could finish the 400 hour requirement volunteering 3 hours a week.
- Record your hours regularly. You will be surprised how much time you are actually volunteering if you record it regularly. Many student forget hours and projects if they do not record them as they occur.
- Start your capstone project early. The hours you spend on your project count toward your 400 hours. Start early so that you can include them.
FAQ's About The 9 Credit Coursework
Yes, designated 'SL' courses taken before the student officially enrolls as a scholar may be used.
Yes, you must have a 3.0 GPA prior to admission into the program, and you will need at least a 3.0 GPA at graduation.
Hours required by each instructor may vary, however, we recommend you plan on between 10 – 15 hours per course. This should be listed in the course syllabus.
Yes. We’ve coordinated this with the Honors program staff. Make sure you point out the overlap on both contracts.
What is the USU 2160 Foundations Course?
The Civic Foundations Course is a new requirement for all Scholars accepted Fall 2017 going forward. The course will be offered both spring and fall semesters starting Spring 2018. The course will cover concepts such as asset-based engagement, social justice, communication, effective volunteering, and making the most out of your capstone experience. The course should be taken prior to your Senior year at USU, and can be audited for no credits (commitement of 15 hours/semester) or for up to 3 credits.
FAQ's About The Capstone Project
One way to start is to volunteer at different agencies while working toward your 400 hours. When you have decided what type of volunteer work you enjoy most, what issues concern you, and what the community needs are that interest you, you can decide how to combine that type of community service with your major course of study.
It is recommended that you spend between 50 and 100 hours.
Yes! Though only your hours count toward the 400 hour requirement. Involvement of others in the project can provide you with experience in organizing the work of others and help your project to be sustainable once you have graduated