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Benefits of Service-Learning

Freshmen Alma Ceja and Danielle Doerflein study on the quad between classes

Service-Learning not only fulfills the institution’s historic mission, but reinforces the concepts woven throughout the university’s strategic plan. Teaching and advising, research and scholarship, outreach, and the university community can all be enhanced through student and faculty involvement in community service-learning.

1. Service-Learning is a high impact practice for student success.

Students benefit through…

  • hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases the relevance of academic skills
  • accommodation of different learning styles
  • interaction with people of a variety of 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.”

2. Service-learning has a positive effect on students:

  • personal and interpersonal development
  • leadership and communication skills
  • reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural & racial understanding
  • sense of social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • commitment to service
  • academic learning
  • ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • career development
  • relationships with faculty involved in service-learning
  • satisfaction with college
  • physical health (benefits of volunteering)

Adapted from CSU Service-Learning Faculty Manual, Fourth Edition; courtesy, The Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University

3. Service-Learning helps prepare students for the job market.

Seventy-three percent of employers would like to see “The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other hands-on experiences” emphasized more in higher education. -AACU survey of employers.

4. Service-Learning provides useful services in the community and communities report enhanced university relations.