Service-Learning combines meaningful service in our community with academic instruction to develop more socially aware, civically responsible and globally engaged students. Service-Learning is not volunteering, nor is it an internship. Volunteering does not necessarily connect with classroom instruction and internships may not involve service at all. Rather, service-learning equally benefits the community recipient and the student by placing equal importance on the service provided and the learning achieved.
Service-Learning experiences and assignments will support course objectives and learning outcomes, address a community need, necessitate structured student reflection and recognize efforts of those involved.
Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
- Service-Learning: A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
- Co-Curricular Service: Opportunities for student clubs and organizations to participate in a meaningful service based on that group's mission and skills. Activities should address community needs and include reflection.
- Civic Engagement: Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference; promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
- Volunteerism: Participation in activities designed to improve the quality of life for others.