One hears a lot these days about how the current generation of students is much more service-oriented than previous generations, but I’m not sure that is true.
I was just looking at the 2015 listing of Peace Corps volunteers by college, which gives the 2015 numbers and, for a few colleges, the cumulative numbers since 1961.
|University of California, Berkeley||3,598||102.8||54|
|University of Wisconsin—Madison||3,145||89.9||69|
|University of Washington||2,888||82.5||72|
|University of Michigan||2,596||74.2||51|
|University of Colorado Boulder||2,411||68.9||62|
All five colleges for which they gave historical figures (35-year totals) had substantially fewer volunteers in 2015 than the long-term average. It would be interesting to see plots of the total numbers of volunteers by year as well as volunteers per college by year, but I did not see a quick way to get that information from the Peace Corps website. I wonder if Peace Corps volunteerism is counter-cyclical, like grad school education, with students choosing to volunteer when finding paying jobs is tough anyway.
I was pleased to see several California public universities in the listings:
|University of California, Berkeley||large||7||54|
|University of California, Los Angeles||large||13||42|
|University of California, Davis||large||14||41|
|University of California, San Diego||large||15||39|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||large||15||39|
It is interesting to see more Peace Corps volunteers from the elite institutions (UC) than from the larger, but lower-status Cal State campuses. (Note: Cal Poly is the most selective of the California State campuses and is functionally more like a UC.)