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Benefits of SL

Service-Learning fulfills the institution’s historic mission, and it reinforces concepts woven throughout the university’s strategic plan. Through the integration of teaching and research, scholarship and engagement, learning and doing, service-learning responds to community needs while enhancing student learning.

Students benefit through

  • hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases relevance of academic skills
  • accommodation of different learning styles
  • interaction with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
  • increased sense of self-efficacy, analytical skills, and social development
  • valuable and competitive career guidance and experience
  • opportunities for meaningful involvement with the local community
  • increased civic responsibility

“It brings books to life and life to books.”

How service-learning affects students

Faculty benefit through

  • more lively class discussions and increased student participation
  • greater participant retention of course material
  • greater student awareness of community and “real world” issues
  • more innovative approaches to classroom instruction
  • enhanced opportunities for research and publication
  • greater faculty awareness of community issues

“It changes faculty role from the expert on top to the expert on tap”

The Community benefits through

  • access to university resources
  • positive relationship opportunities with the university
  • awareness-building of community issues, agencies and constituents
  • opportunities to contribute to the educational process
  • affordable access to professional development
  • short- and long-term solutions to pressing community needs

“It shifts from community as laboratory to community as classroom”

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Adapted from the Institute for Learning and Teaching. (2007). CSU Service-Learning Faculty Manual, Fourth Edition. Colorado State University.