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Service Learning Defined
In Spring of 2005 the Faculty Senate adopted a set of course criteria for Service Learning (SL) courses exemplifying the following definitions of service-learning:
"Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility."
Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, "A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty.
~ The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Fall 1995. 112-122.
Service-learning is "an academic program based on the engagement with underserved groups or organizations and projects focused on the common good; structured reflections on service-related as well as discipline specific concerns; and respect for the needs and interests of the community partner."
~ Edward Zlotkowski, Senior Associate for Service-Learning Projects at AAHE, Senior faculty Fellow at Campus Compac