Benefits of Service Learning:
Service Learning is a teaching strategy that satisfies the student support goal for faculty. There are many additional benefits to:
- Greater engagement in the process of learning
- Greater self-efficacy
- Greater preparedness to work in profession
- More practical experience for job applications
- Greater compassion, insight, and ability to solve social problems1
- Expanded horizons, opportunity to see social issues first hand and work with diverse cultures2
- Saves costs2
- Increases visibility in the community and on campus
- Students continue to serve beyond requirements
- Improves campus-community relationships and/or client relationships3
- Improves retention rates
- Satisfies student support goal
1. Bradley CL, Saracino M. The Case for Service-Learning: Overcoming the Obstacles. J Fam Consumer Sci. 2013;105(2):41-43.
2. Roofe N. Impact of Service-Learning on Undergraduate Dietetics Students. J Fam Consumer Sci. 2012;104(4):28-33.
3. Gazley B, Littlepage L, Bennett T. What about the Host Agency? Nonprofit Perspectives on Community-Based Student Learning and Volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2012;41(6):1029-1050.
Please contact the Service Learning Committee for more information.