For faculty interested in teaching a service-learning or service experience course, they must go through the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement's (OSLCE) designation process. The designation process include filling out the "Add Service-Learning/Service-Experience Designation Proposal", then work with OSLCE to ensure community partners are approved, and student waivers are signed. The University requires that all community partners are approved and students sign the appropriate waivers before the service assignments begin.
To receive the service-learning attribute, proposals must by submitted by September 1st for Spring courses and February 1st for Fall courses. Courses without the attribute will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please use the FAQ section below to help guide your process. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 784.4846.
What is the difference between service-learning and service experience?
Service-learning is a course-based experience in which students work with community organizations to address a community need. Their service assignment helps them to gain a better understanding of the course content. Regular, critical reflection is a key component to service-learning. In order to be designated as service-learning, your course must meet best practices. Courses with a service experience component may have elements of service-learning, but it does not meet best practices, or the service component is not required for all students. If you are not sure if your course is service-learning or service experience, you can contact Stacey Muse (email@example.com).
What does it mean to have my class designated as service-learning or service experience?
The designation process allows OSLCE to better support faculty, students, and community partners involved with service-learning and service experience courses. If your course receives the service-learning attribute, the course will be searchable in the class schedule. In addition, completed service-learning courses will appear on the students' transcript as "service-learning".
What is the designation process?
In order to teach a service-learning or service experience class, you must fill out the "Add Service-Learning/Service-Experience Designation Proposal". If you would like to have the service-learning attribute attached to your course, you must meet the following deadlines: September 1st (for spring courses), February 1st (for fall classes). Proposals for courses without the service-learning attribute will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but please keep in mind the community partner approval process can take time. We suggest that you submit your proposal as soon as possible.
My course was approved for CO14 designation. Do I still have to get the service-learning designation?
Yes. You will need to fill out the "Add Service-Learning/Service-Experience Designation Proposal" if you have been approved for CO14 by way of having a service-learning component. The CO14 and service-learning designations are separate processes.
What is the process to approve community partners?
To ensure partnerships are a good fit and low-risk for students, a site visit will be conducted. Once the site visit is complete, we ask the organization to sign the Community Partner Agreement. OSLCE staff will conduct the site visit and obtain the proper signatures needed for the Community Partner Agreement. If you would like to approve your community partners on your own, please contact Stacey Muse (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about this process.
What forms do my students need to sign?
Before starting their service assignments, students will need to sign a Service-Learning/Experience Agreement and a Waiver. Both of these documents are provided and housed by OSLCE.