The Center for Community Service Learning provides resources to support successful service-learning implementation. These resources supply steps for implementation, programs for faculty to collaborate with other faculty, and documentation of faculty experiences for reporting data.
Criteria for designation of service learning courses include:
- Addresses a community-identified need and heightens student civic awareness
- Service experience is aligned with one or more course outcomes
- Allows a clear connection of service and academic content for students
- Involves structured, planned academic analysis and reflection of experiences
- Community partnership is appropriate for course activities
Procedure for Service Learning Course Designation
Prior to student registration, service learning courses must be approved by the Center for Community Service Learning (CCSL) in order to be designated in the course catalog and on the CCSL website.
New Course Approval
- Faculty members must submit the online Faculty Service Learning Course Designation application form with the course syllabus.
- Applications must be received by September 15 for spring semester classes and by March 15 for fall classes to allow time for the approval process.
- The Center will follow up with the faculty member after reviewing the materials submitted and a meeting will be scheduled.
- After approval, the course will be designated as service learning course (SERV) in the course catalog and on the CCSL website.
Ongoing Service Learning Courses
- To maintain accurate listings of service learning courses, the CCSL will contact faculty members to verify the approved course is being offered with a service component in the upcoming semester.
- Emails will be sent by September 15 for courses scheduled for spring semester.
- Emails will be sent by March 15 for courses scheduled for fall semester.
- Service learning courses will be submitted to the Registrar for designation as SERV in the course catalog, and will be listed on the CCSL website.
- Service learning courses will require reapproval by the Center every three years.
Student and Faculty Awards
The Center for Community Service Learning awards three UT Arlington students (one graduate, two undergraduate) and two faculty members each spring with a monetary award and a plaque in recognition of commitment to their communities and enrichment of their learning experience through service learning.
SLICEService-Learning Ideas and Curricular Examples (SLICE) is an easy-to-search database full of hundreds of high-quality service-learning lesson plans, syllabi, and project ideas.
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007.
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