Service learning at Rutgers University has a rich and proud history starting in 1988 when Rutgers' President Edward J. Bloustein proposed that community service be an integral component of a liberal education; The Board of Governors endorsed the idea and Rutgers University has dedicated itself to citizenship, service, and diversity ever since. Below are some of the historical highlights of the Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnership Program and its predecessor, the Citizenship and Service Education(CASE) Program.
- 2010: CESEP holds its first Year-End Celebration Award Ceremony bringing together students from its various programs to recognize their achievements in the community.
- 2009: The SAS Curriculum Committee endorses the Civic Pathway and International Civic Pathway Certificate Program that will confer recognition on students' transcripts for their engaged scholarship and service throughout their academic career at Rutgers.
- 2009: CESEP leads the statewide "Learning to End Hunger" Campaign in support of the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition's efforts to end childhood hunger in New Jersey by 2015 including hosting three full-time employees to develop a model Food Stamp Outreach Campaign and implement Farm-to School initiatives.
- 2009: CESEP launches the Rutgers Bonner Leader Program
- 2008: The Community Council consisting of eighteen local community organizations is formed to have a voice on how CESEP can best serve community needs.
- 2008: The Public Scholarship and Service Internships are approved allowing departments without a one-credit service learning experience to integrate a CESEP service learning component to any course.
- 2008:Public Scholarship and Service Learning Courses Development grants are offered to faculty to increase the number of service learning courses available to students.
- 2007: The CESEP Faculty Council is formed to advise on all matters pertaining to service for academic credit.
- 2007: The CASE Program is transitioned and renamed the Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships program and Dr. Maurice Elias, Rutgers Professor of the psychology department is named academic director of the program.
- 2007: American Red Cross awards the CASE program for the statewide dissemination of First Responder Directories which aided its efforts during the flooding caused by the 2007 Nor’easter.
- 2006: Committee on Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship co-chaired by Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Partnerships Isabel Nazario and Dr. Jerome Kukor was convened to align service learning with the goals of Transforming Undergraduate Education Report.
- 2004: CASE partners with Rutgers University Dining Services and Alumni Relations to bring Molto Mario of the Food Network to participate in a fundraiser for Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen.
- 2004: The first annual CASE Service Awards are held at Winants Hall recognizing Director Dr. D. Michael Shafer, three faculty and three community partners.
- 2004: Rutgers President Richard McCormick once again publicly renews the commitment of Rutgers University to service to the people of New Jersey through the establishment of a faculty award for service excellence.
- 2004: New Jersey First Responders Directory puts the non-emergency contact information for any and every police, fire, EMS squad and hospital in New Jersey just one click away, is launched.
- 2003: $4 million of service is rendered to the New Jersey community, bringing the total to more than 730,000 hours of service.
- 2002: Hosts the first annual Public Relations Institute for non-profits at Rutgers.
- 2001: Redbook is launched: an interactive site for service-learning at Rutgers University.
- 2000: $3 million of service is rendered to the New Jersey community.
- 2000: Mayor Sharpe James and the city of Newark, NJ declares April 11, 2000 "njserves.org Day