Benefits of Service 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, social, political, or emotional 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 work force.
  • 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 universitys resources.
  • Involving future students in university life.