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 What is Service Learning

Service Learning is a form of experiential learning, often course based, in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community needs. The experience provides an opportunity to enhance student growth and development through critical thinking and reflection.

Service learning goes beyond Volunteerism by emphasizing two key elements.

    Reciprocity - assurance that all constituents benefit from the partnership through shard commitment, decision making and investment.

    Reflection - A framework for bridging coursework to community service by critically thinking about what has been learned from the experience.

Service Learning is relevant for
     
  • Individual students
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Community Members
  • Students Organizations
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Residence Halls
  • Off- campus units

 

Why is Service Learning Valuable?

1. Students receive valuable college experience by:

  • Connecting course work to relevant real world problem solving situations.
  • Enhancing leadership, critical thinking and cooperative learning skills
  • Acquiring skills relevant for future employers and professional occupations.
  • Building self-esteem and clarifying personal values.
  • increasing community responsibility and multicultural awareness

2. Campus and Community Collaboration

  • Provides needed and meaningful service to the community
  • Builds community awareness of university programs and services
  • Forms genuine partnership between community, students and university
  • Encourages commitment to civic participation

3. Integrating service learning into curriculum

  • Increases student motivation to learn
  • Promotes active learning
  • Develops collaborative decision-making
  • Changes the way students think about and analyze social issues
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