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Students

Service-learning is offered primarily through existing courses. Your course may have service-learning as an option or as a requirement similar to having a research paper or a project. 

Why choose service-learning in your class?

Because it:

  • Promotes meaningful involvement with diverse communities
  • Increases self-efficacy, critical thinking skills, and the ability to work cooperatively
  • Allows for exploration of career options and teaches important workplace skills
  • Accommodates different learning styles
  • Gives you the opportunity to learn from the community
  • Provides a platform for analyzing and discussing community issues
  • Develops or enhances a sense of community and civic responsibility
  • Brings real world experience to traditional courses
     

Requirements

To be eligible for service-learning, students should:

  • Have a 2.0 or better GPA
  • Have a willingness to serve while actively reflecting upon the service
  • Be open to learning in new and unexpected ways
  • Be enrolled in a course that offers service-learning

To remain in good standing with the Service-Learning Program, students must:

  • Complete the Participant Profile
  • Complete the Participation Contract
  • Attend an Orientation session
  • Obtain the Learning Agreement, Timesheet, Calendar
  • Determine learning objectives with the service-learning faculty member
  • Understand clearly the academic assignment that will be given in conjunction with the service-learning placement
  • Complete the Learning Agreement and return it to the Office of Career Services

Service-learning students will:

  • Visit the office of Career Services and meet with service-learning staff to discuss placement possibilities
  • Complete the Participant Profile and Participation Contract
  • Attend scheduled orientation sessions
  • Review learning objectives with class professor
  • Visit prospective placement site for an interview and accept or decline a position if it is offered; repeat process if necessary
     
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter if requested by prospective placement
  • Complete the Learning Agreement and return it to the service-learning staff in Career Services
  • Report to placement at day(s) and time(s) agreed upon with site supervisor
  • Notify service-learning staff of placement start date
  • Perform duties and tasks as agreed upon with site supervisor
  • Perform agreed upon number of hours during the semester and note them on the timesheet
  • Understand that the same level of professional conduct is expected from a volunteer position as from a paid position
  • Take advantage of the learning opportunities at the site
  • Adhere to all regulations and procedures of the organization or agency
  • Maintain confidentiality where necessary
  • Notify service-learning staff immediately of any problems or concerns at the site
  • Attend scheduled reflection sessions
  • Complete related academic assignment given by course professor
  • Use semester of service as a springboard to a lifetime of learning, service and civic engagement
     

Reflection

Reflection is an integral component of the service-learning process and a successful service-learning program.  All students who are enrolled in service-learning, either as an option or a requirement, must attend scheduled reflection sessions during the semester they are placed. The sessions are planned and facilitated by Career Services staff and participating faculty. Reflection at the end of the semester can be more effective in a group setting where students will learn from others' experiences, shared ideas, and network

To ensure that students meet their learning objectives they should be engaged in ongoing reflection throughout their service-learning experience through different forums including:

  • Blogs
  • Discussion groups
  • Journals and portfolios
     

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