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About

The CSL’s purpose is to serve as liaison between faculty, students, and nonprofit agencies. We offer support, resources, and placement opportunities to enable students to experience a culture of learning in a real-world setting to enhance their course learning and marketable skills. During these learning experiences, there is a focus on civic engagement and social responsibility, which ensures reciprocity, as all participants (students, faculty, and community partners) benefit from each other.

We also offer professional development to faculty interested in the integration of service learning experiences through the Faculty Fellows program, along with ongoing instructional and mentoring support for the university community.

CSL collaborates with over 140 community partners and a core of more than 80 faculty members throughout campus who are committed to service learning.

We invite you to explore the website to discover how service learning can enhance student learning and civic engagement.

 Components of a service learning course:

  1. Service learning projects address community-identified needs and heighten student civic awareness
  2. The service learning component allows a clear connection of service and academic content for students
  3. The component involves structured, planned academic analysis and reflection of experiences
  4. The community partnership and experience are appropriate for course activities and intended outcomes

 

Mission

The mission of the Center for Service Learning is to enhance classroom learning and civic responsibility through community engagement. Service learning is essential to that mission.