What is Service Learning & Civic Engagement?
Academic service-Learning is a specially designed model of experiential-learning in which students engage in meaningful activities that address a community-identified social issue, problem, or need. It is a structured leaning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, and reflection. Students involved in service-learning are expected not only to provide direct community service but also to learn about the context in which the service is provided, the connection between the service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens (Connors, Henry, & Seifer, 2000, Jacoby, et al., 1996).
Service-Learning is a specially designed model of experiential-learning in which students engage in meaningful activities that address community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection in order to achieve learning outcomes and teach civic responsibility. Equal emphasis is placed on both the service and the learning (service-learning). Reflection and reciprocity with the community are essential components of service-learning (Jacoby 1996).
The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement facilitates relationships between Faculty and community organizations for the purpose of providing structured experiences outside of the classroom that align with the curricular learning taking place inside the classroom. It is through the integration of an academically rigorous model of learning that reflection assists the student in achieving learning outcomes that help encourage civic responsibility.