Community Engagement

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  • Graduates at graduation ceremony

Community Engagement

community engagement through service learning title

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Faculty choose a limited number of meaningful partnerships with the goal of providing students with different, but consistent off-campus learning experiences. Through service learning, students-from kindergartners to college students-use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.

Pedagogical Development

  • Workshops designed Introduce the Pedagogy & to Strengthen the Pedagogy of Service Learning
  • Assistance Revising Course Syllabi to Include a Service Learning Component
  • Reading Recommendations for Students Engaged in Service Learning
  • Assistance Completing the Service Learning Project Planning Checklist 

Risk Management Support

  •  Process Requests to Partner from Community Agencies for the purposes of service learning
  • Conduct Sites Visits to Potenial Community Partners to determine potenial risks to students
  • Provide a Database for Students Service Learning Plans and Agreements (kept on file for 3 years for audits)
  • Collect and Electronically Store Student Time Sheets and Site Supervisors Evaluations of Students (kept on file for 3 years for audits) 

Additional Services

  • Pre- and Post-Service Evaluations are available for Faculty wishing to gauge students' tendencies toward civic engagement (useful for conducting research)
  • Competitive Grant Process to Support Development of New Service Learning Courses
  • Competitive Grant Process to support both Discipline-Based and Interdisciplinary Service Learning Course Projects