Service learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience that combines both community service and academic learning.
Students are expected to:
- Participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs.
- Enroll in a course that requires a minimum of 15 hours of faculty/agency supervised service activity.
- Reflect on their experience and its impact on the community and their relationship to the world around them.
- Develop greater self awareness, social responsibility, and desire for civic engagement.
- Learn to care more about the needs others.
- Develop the attitude and skills to affect community change in our diverse multicultural world.
What service learning is NOT:
- Unsupervised volunteer activity
- An experience lacking “hands-on” learning opportunities
- Performing tasks unrelated to the agency’s mission for community engagement
- A requirement to complete community service as discipline for behavioral or academic infractions
- A semester long internship designed to develop skills related to the student’s major and career interest
Key elements of service learning
- Both the student and the service learning provider/agency receive mutual benefit
- The agency’s target population also receives benefit from the student’s activities
- Service learning experience is directly related to the student’s course learning objectives
- Student reflects during the preparation, participation, and post-experience stages
- Provides diverse and challenging experiential activities
- Develops higher order critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills