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Service Learning Benefits

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SERVICE LEARNING?

Research studies have documented that all participants - students, faculty, community partners - benefit from the service learning experience.

Student Benefits:

  • Students gain academic credit while serving the community, and better understand the relevance of their academic coursework.
  • Students collaborate on real-world solutions.
  • Students develop marketable skills which translates into jobs and higher educational goals.
  • Service Learning programs improve critical thinking, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Service Learning helps students find their passion to make a difference in their local and global communities

Community Benefits:

  • Community outreach programs receive talented, energetic and motivated resources needed to meet increasing needs.
  • Student-community partnerships promote civic responsibility and a sense of community.
  • Student volunteers bring critical analysis skills and generate fresh insight about organizational operations that translate into increased capacity to serve clients.
  • Partnerships bring increased community awareness to the problems facing community organizations.

Faculty Benefits:

  • Service learning encourages faculty to be innovative in their teaching, enriching the experience for both teacher and student.
  • Direct contact with local issues keeps faculty connected with their communities and provides them with data they would not have otherwise obtained.
  • Service learning provides opportunities for new areas of research and publication, and for outside funding sources to reduce research budgets.
  • Student research conducted in service learning courses is a cost-effective way to facilitate research on a limited budget.

University/Institution Benefits:

  • Service learning assists in the fulfillment of the institution’s mission of service and outreach efforts to communities.
  • Service learning increases campus-community collaboration and partnerships, which endears the community to the university and shows its responsive to community needs.
  • Outside funding sources reduce research budgets, yet maintain cutting-edge research projects.
  • Campus-community partnerships bring increased publicity to the institution; heightened visibility and prestige can lead to increased funding and enrollment.

The CSL is located in College Hall.  For further information, contact the Center for Service Learning at servicelearning@uta.edu.

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Friends of the Center for Service Learning (CSL) are invited to submit contributions to assist community service learning in areas not supported through state funds.

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