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Criteria and Procedure for SL Courses

Criteria for designation of service learning courses include:

  1. A community-identified need which heightens student civic awareness is addressed
  2. Service experience is aligned with one or more course outcomes
  3. A clear connection of service and academic content for students within the course 
  4. Structured, planned academic analysis and reflection of experiences
  5. Community partnership which is appropriate for course activities

Procedure for Service Learning Course Designation

Service learning courses must be approved by the Center for Service Learning (CSL) in order to be designated in the course catalog and on the CSL website.


  1. Faculty members must submit the online Faculty Service Learning Course Designation application form with the course syllabus.
  2. The Center will follow up with the faculty member after reviewing the materials submitted, and a meeting will be scheduled.
  3. After approval, the course will be designated as service learning course (SERV) in the course catalog and on the CSL website.


  1. To maintain accurate listings of service learning courses, the CSL will contact faculty members to verify the approved course is being offered with a service component in the upcoming semester.
    • Emails will be sent in the fall for courses scheduled for spring semester.
    • Emails will be sent in the spring for courses scheduled for summer and fall semester.
  2. Service learning courses will be submitted to the Registrar for designation as SERV in the course catalog, and will be listed on the CSL website.