The Wichita State University Center for Community Support & Research, formerly known as the Self-Help Network, has been realigned, and its administration has been placed directly under WSU's Office of Research Administration.


The Wichita State University Center for Community Support & Research, formerly known as the Self-Help Network, has been realigned, and its administration has been placed directly under WSU's Office of Research Administration.

Associate Provost David McDonald, who now oversees administrative responsibility for the center, explained that due to CCSR’s growth, it was imperative to realign center operations and accountability during poor economic times.

Since its inception in 1984, the center has received about $25 million in grants, with the majority of the grant funds within the past 10 years.

These grants make the creation of new programs and services possible. In the past four years, staffing levels at the center have doubled to meet the demand and needs of communities, governmental agencies and nonprofits statewide. Today, more than 50 full- and part-time staff facilitate strategic planning, training, research and program evaluation activities designed to strengthen organizations service systems and communities. In addition to helping build the capacity of hundreds of faith-based and community-based organizations and nonprofits across Kansas, CCSR staff also provide numerous educational offerings on and off campus and facilitate community initiatives, such as Community Leadership Programs and Visioneering Wichita.

CCSR immediately announced that despite difficult economic times, all existing contracts and current services with nonprofits, governments and an array of community partners have been renewed for 2009 or are ongoing.