Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Community Service Learning Program History


National View

1985 - Campus Compact was founded by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. In the mid-1980s, the media portrayed college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, more interested in making money than in helping their neighbors. Campus Compact was created to help colleges and universities develop institutional structures to support student and faculty efforts in community service and community engagement.

1985 - Recent college graduates formed the Campus Outreach Opportunity League, known as COOL, to encourage students to serve their communities. It stimulated many student-initiated community service projects, including "Into the Streets."

University of Maryland- College Park

1980s - The Office of Experiential Learning Programs maintained a notebook of volunteer opportunities in the community and advised the student group, People Active in Community Effort, PACE. PACE was known for its blue school bus parked in Lot 1 that was used to transport students into the community.


National View

1992 - Bill Clinton campaigned for his first term as President and frequently talked about a program he envisioned as a sort of domestic Peace Corps. This is the program that became AmeriCorps*VISTA.

1993 - The Corporation for National and Community Service was created under President Bill Clinton.

1996 - Service-Learning in Higher Education (B. Jacoby, ed.), the first comprehensive handbook for service-learning at the college level, was published by Jossey-Bass.

1996 - The White House Office of Domestic Policy invited UMD President Brit Kirwan to join the College Presidents' Steering Committee for its new tutoring program, America Reads, with the goal of enabling all children to read by the end of the 3rd grade.

University of Maryland- College Park

1992 - The Office of Commuter Affairs took on the responsibility for developing a community service program.

1993 - President Bill Clinton visited the Stamp Student Union (as it was then called) to launch the Summer of Service program that was the prototype for AmeriCorps.

1993 - Community Service Programs started its first signature program, You Can Make a Difference (YCMAD), which placed students in community organizations with student leaders facilitating on-site service and reflection.

1995 - In its third year of existence, Community Service Programs had more than 550 community organizations listed in its database, saw more than 1,000 walk-in student clients,, and advised 46 student organizations regarding community service.

1995 - Community Service Programs began its work with service-learning, hiring a half-time Coordinator of Service-Learning Initiatives.

1995 - UMD begins its America Reads program as one of the 20 pilot programs in the nation.

2000 - America Counts program begins


National/State Level

2000s - Campus Compact's efforts focused on developing and sustaining campus-community partnerships and academic service-learning.

2003 - Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (B. Jacoby, ed.) was published by Jossey-Bass.

2008 - Congress passed the Kennedy-Hatch Act which laid out a detailed plan for enhancing community service across generations. It remains unfunded.

2009 - Maryland Campus Compact was formed as the 35th state Compact. UMD President C. D. Mote, Jr. was a founding member.

University of Maryland- College Park

1999 - The Office of Commuter Affairs was renamed Commuter Affairs and Community Service (CACS).

2003 - President Clinton returned to UMD to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of AmeriCorps at a rally in Ritchie Coliseum.

2003 - Community Service-Learning (CSL) split from Commuter Affairs and became its own unit within Student Affairs.

2003 - America Reads started the Partners in Print program at 7 Prince George's County schools.

2004 - CSL sponsored the first alternative spring breaks in 4 U.S. cities.

2004 - Service-learning continued to grow at UMD; CSL provided service-learning instructional improvement grants to faculty.

2005 - Community Service-Learning merged with Leadership, forming Leadership and Community Service-Learning (LCSL).


National Level

University of Maryland- College Park

2009, 2010 - The University was recognized by inclusion in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

2011 - LCSL launched the Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program, enabling 5 faculty members from across campus to develop service-learning courses for Fall 2011.