Working in accord with Stanislaus State's Mission Statement, service learning seeks to "foster interactions and partnerships with our surrounding communities" that create "an inclusive learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons". Service learning faciliates this process by developing partnerships with local agencies and businesses to ensure "the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning."
The benefits of service learning are equally shared among the community, the student, the faculty, and the university. When the stage is set for a high quality service learning experience, the performance will result in any number of academic, professional, social, political, or individual enhancements.
The Faculty benefits through
- Identifying areas for research and publication related to current issues.
- Connecting meaningful service to current issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
- Engaging students with a teaching method that departs from the lecture-driven classroom.
- Providing increased student contact while contributing to student development.
- Connecting academic discipline to social issues and problems.
The University benefits through
- Faculty and student engagement in meeting community needs.
- Positive relationships with community and agencies.
- Better prepared and qualified university graduates ready for workforce.
- Extended knowledge of and resources for university.
- Diverse research, enhanced teaching, and outreach to community.
The Student benefits through
- Opportunities to provide valuable services to the community.
- Real-life experience to enrich and apply classroom knowledge.
- Skills development and career exploration.
- Civic development and cultural literacy.
- Fostering a sense of social responsibility, which improves citizenship.
- Opportunities that accommodate different learning styles.
The Community benefits through
- Assistance in carrying out solutions to community needs.
- Accessing affordable professional development.
- Contributing to the educational process.
- Building a positive relationship with the university.
- Gaining access to the university's resources.
- Involving future students in university life.