Service-Learning enhances student learning by integrating academics and service activities with community partners while encouraging civic engagement, community awareness and personal leadership development.
Service-Learning is a method by which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that:
- is integrated into and enhances academic and learning activities
- is conducted in and meets the needs of the community
- is coordinated with an institution of higher education and community partner
- includes structured time for the students to reflect on the service experience
- helps foster civic responsibility
Types of Service Learning
Service-Learning can be an assignment in an academic course, service performed by a student club or organization or an activity that incorporates learning and reflection with a service experience.
Community Partnership Projects integrate service-learning within an academic course.
"This assignment was one of the best I've ever done. I was really uncomfortable talking to someone who was homeless. I'm really glad I did the interview because it showed me another perspective of life that I had never thought of before." English 102 Student
"Service-Learning projects provide you with an opportunity to interact with people in situations beyond your normal activities." Health 101 Student
"The most meaningful aspect of our Service-Learning project was knowing that what we were doing was making a difference. Helping others rather than helping yourself is more rewarding than any material object. The experience was AWESOME." Campus Activities Board Member
"During my Service-Learning project, I saw that the Therapeutic Riding Program is a fantastic opportunity for the riders and their families to come together and to see they are not alone. I believe I was able to make a real contribution to this program."Nursing 211 Student
Student Reflections on Service-Learning