Service Learning

Service-learning is identified as a high-impact educational practice (HIP) by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Interactive service-learning courses promote achievement and improve quality of learning in traditionally underserved student populations, such as students of color, the economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, and students with different learning styles. ICCE helps faculty incorporate service-learning pedagogy into their courses, identify and connect appropriate community placement sites, and monitor students by managing potential risks in their respective sites.

Definitions of Service Learning

At SF State we have not adopted a formal definition but we use the following to describe service-learning:

“Service-learning is a process through which students are involved in community work that contributes significantly: 1) to positive change in individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, and/or larger systems in a community; and 2) to students’ academic understanding, civic development, personal or career growth, and/or understanding of larger social issues. This process always includes an intentional and structured educational/developmental component for students, and may be employed in curricular or co-curricular settings. Even with an expanded vision for the field, service-learning will undoubtedly continue to play a critical role in campus-community collaboration.” From Charity to Change, by Minnesota Campus Compact

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