1. Service-Learning is a high impact practice for student success.
Students benefit through…
- hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases relevance of academic skills
- accommodation of different learning styles
- interaction with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
- increased sense of self-efficacy, analytical skills, and social development
- valuable and competitive career guidance and experience
- opportunities for meaningful involvement with the local community
- increased civic responsibility
- “It brings books to life and life to books.”
2. Service-learning has a positive effect on students:
- personal and interpersonal development
- leadership and communication skills
- reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural & racial understanding
- sense of social responsibility and citizenship skills
- commitment to service
- academic learning
- ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
- career development
- relationships with faculty involved in service-learning
- satisfaction with college
3. Service-Learning helps prepare students for the job market.
Employers today like to see the ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other hands-on experiences emphasized more in higher education.
4. Service-Learning provides useful services in the community and communities report enhanced university relations.
It is not just students who benefit, many organizations and individuals will benefit from the collaboration offered by students who will work with them or for them on a particular issue or solution.
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