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Service Learning

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has" ~ Margaret Mead

Benefits of Service Learning

Service learning provides many benefits for students, faculty and community agencies.

For students, service learning provides opportunities to:

  • Experience learning in the “real world”
  • Develop critical thinking, writing skills.  Develop civic responsibility.
  • Experience social and personal development.
  • Confirm (or not) an area of interest.
  • Learn about potential employment and gain field experience.
  • Makes students more marketable to large companies that value community service.
  • Help with admission to 4-year colleges, and scholarship support.

For faculty, service learning:

  • Can revitalize teaching efforts and can bring new directions and confidence to the teaching and scholarly pursuits of the faculty involved.
  • Reinforces concepts and theories introduced in class and promotes “deep learning” as students use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
  • Can provide links to academic content, standards, and SLOs
  • Improves interaction between faculty and students
  • Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.

For The Community, service learning:

  • Connects students to nonprofit organizations and agencies that desperately need more volunteers
  • Provides awareness to needs in the community and to programs and services available
  • Brings fresh perspectives and knowledge to current volunteers, employees, and clients
  • Gives organizations the chance to meet possible future employees
  • Promotes empathy and responsibility through civil engagement




Corporation for National & Community Service. (2007). The impact of service-learning: A review of current research. Retrieved from

Prentice, M & Robinson, G. (2010). AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES Improving student learning outcomes with Service Learning. Washington DC. American Association of Community Colleges.

Simonet, D. (2008). Service-learning and academic success: The links to retention research. St. Paul, MNMinnesota Campus Compact.

Warren, J. L. (2013). Does service-learning increase student learning?: A meta-analysis. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 18(2), 56-61.