About the Office of Service Learning

Stanislaus State promotes Service Learning as a High Impact Practice that is a valued part of a student's educational process through which academic experience and social consciousness are deepened. 
Launched in 2000, the Office of Service Learning has made remarkable progress in supporting the faculty's development of service learning and academic internship opportunities. 

Word Cloud with words like "Quality Service Learning", "Social Awareness", and "Civic Engagement"
Office of Service Learning

Service Learning spans numerous disciplines containing a community- based learning component. Among the departments with a community-based learning component are:

Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, Art, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, English, Honors Program, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Politics, and Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and Teacher Education.

Since 2011, our staff has continued to provide administrative support for the Science in Our Community Program (SIOC) that focused on promoting STEM by engaging the K-12 community, teachers, Stan State students, the College of Science, and Stan State faculty. By join efforts with Dr. Mark Grobner from the College of Science our office has supported the many events and activities from SIOC each academic semester. This joint effort has contributed over 24,000 hours of service to the community by providing more than 30 activities each year.

Science In Our Community

Additionally, the Office of Service Learning has been delegated to work with academic internship faculty in order to ensure that student interns meet campus risk management policy and procedures. Internships are developed and administered by faculty in the department in which they are offered.

Our Goals

The primary goal of the Office of Service Learning at California State University, Stanislaus is to enhance student learning through service learning projects. Specifically, the Office of Service Learning has the following program goals:

  • To enhance our students' subject matter learning in applying classroom knowledge to practical experience.
  • To model for our students how a critical and democratic teacher can act to bring civic engagement into the classroom.
  • To develop our students' commitment to service, social justice, and community involvement.
  • To enable our students to work productively with diverse communities.
  • To assist faculty and students to comply with risk management policy designated for relevant service learning and internship off-campus activities.

Student Learning Objectives for Service Learning

The Service Learning program goals are framed through the lens of student learning, and the faculty have developed specific student learning objectives to accompany these important service learning program goals. Students participating in service learning are expected to achieve the following student learning outcomes:  

  • Apply discipline‐specific and/or interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills to community issues. (Program Goals 1,2)
  • Demonstrate critical self‐reflection of oneʹs own assumptions and values as applied to community issues.  (Program Goals 2,3,4)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to issues of culture, diversity, and social justice as applied to community engagement. (Program Goals 2,3,4)

Updated: July 19, 2023