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

For more in depth information about what faculty should consider in using service learning, please consider the following: