Community Engaged Scholars Transcript Designation
Community Engaged Scholars Transcript Designation (CESTD) documents and recognizes undergraduate students for their community engagement experiences. This designation offers incentive and competitive edge for students who choose to tailor their involvement and academic work in a way that capitalizes on UNO’s comparative advantage.
Students can request to be enrolled through the CESTD Canvas page.
Student Benefits and Requirements
What are the benefits for students?
- Connect with local leaders and change-makers
- Make a positive impact on your community
- Develop your resume through these experiences
- Strengthen your competitive advantage with employers
- Strengthen your communication, leadership, and teamwork skills
- Find new strengths and interests
What are the requirements?
- Completion of 1 community based-learning experience (3 credit hours)
- Completion of 6 hours of service-learning coursework
- Completion of 135 volunteer/community service hours (outside of the classroom)
- Completion of a written reflection piece (one for each category along with a final reflection).
- Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA at graduation
What are some examples of community engagement?
- Volunteering for a local nonprofit
- Class projects that benefit the community
- Internships or practicums that benefit the community
- Research papers examining a community problem or potential solutions to a community opportunity
- Signing up to take a service learning or community-based learning class
The CESTD Operational Guide is a document that provides UNO students, advisors, faculty, and administrators with information regarding the design, structure, procedures, policies, requirements, and timelines related to this designation. The guide provides a set of foundational operating guidelines to improve the understanding of the CESTD and assist in planning appropriate coursework and service activity.