Service-Learning links classroom learning with service to communities. Service opportunities are developed through collaboration among faculty, students, and individuals and organizations in the community. Service-learning goes beyond extracurricular community service; it involves participants in reading, reflection, and analysis. Credit is awarded not for service alone, but for academic work integrating the service experience. Service-learning helps deepen understanding of an academic subject by providing experiences that develop a wide range of skills, from cross-cultural awareness to critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.
Service placements are designed to meet two criteria:
- to enhance the educational goals of a course, and
- to serve the public good by providing a needed service to individuals, organizations, schools, or other entities in the community.
Our primary goal is to provide support and assistance to faculty members seeking to integrate service-learning and community engagement into their academic objectives. Learn more by contacting us for a consultation or visiting the links below.
Local, national, and international service-learning and civic engagement organizations:
- Campus Compact / NC Campus Compact
- CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
- Learn & Serve America
- Learn & Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
- National Society for Experiential Education
- National Youth Leadership Council
- The Talloires Network
- The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN)