Benefits of SL

Students..

…in service-learning classes can benefit academically, professionally, and personally. They can:

  • Increase their understanding of the class topic
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Explore their values and beliefs
  • Have opportunities to act on their values and beliefs
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grow their understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes
  • To be open to change; become more flexible
  • Develop or enhance their skills
  • Test out their skills, interests, and values in a potential career path
  • Connect with professionals and community members who they will learn from
  • Grow a professional network of people they might connect with again later for jobs or internships

Faculty…

…can benefit personally and professionally from integrating service-learning into courses. Teaching with service-learning can:

  • Encourage interactive teaching methods and mutual learning between students and faculty
  • Add new insights and magnitude to class discussions
  • Lead to new avenues for research and publication
  • Promote students’ active learning; engage students with different learning styles
  • Develop students’ civic and leadership skills
  • Boost course enrollment by attracting highly motivated and engaged students
  • Provide networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines
  • Foster relationships between faculty and community organizations

Community Partners…

… participating in service-learning can benefit in these ways:

  • Gain additional human resources needed to achieve organizational goals
  • Grow the organization’s volunteer pool: service-learning students will share their experiences with friends and classmates
  • Increase public awareness of key issues
  • Reach out to youth
  • Educate students/youth about community issues; correct any misconceptions
  • Help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s civic leaders
  • Network with colleagues in other organizations and agencies

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