The Center for Civic Engagement’s (CCE) Academic Program works closely with faculty and instructors to integrate service learning into numerous and diverse courses offered at WSU. The CCE provides various levels of support and resources to faculty and instructors who wish to offer their students a unique experience that includes the many benefits of service learning.
Please take a moment to navigate through our faculty and instructor web pages to learn more about service learning pedagogy, the service learning taking place at WSU, as well as the various supports and resources available to you through the CCE. If you are interested in learning more, or if you would like to consider a community engagement component for your course, research, or scholarship agenda, please contact our Academic Program coordinator, Kristen Koenig, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a teaching strategy used to advance academic learning through civic engagement. Research has shown that service learning offers extensive benefits to students, faculty, and the community. Our Academic Program staff at the CCE are experienced in best practices for successful service learning, and we are ready to assist you in aligning your service learning course with the learning and research objectives relevant to your needs.
What are the Benefits of Service-Learning?
|Benefits to Students
||Benefits to Faculty
- Increased retention, motivation, and engagement
- Better grades
- Explore diverse uses of course content
- Practical hands on experience
- Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Build professional networks for future jobs, internships, and/or references
- Improve resume and/or curriculum vitae
- Attract highly motivated and engaged students
- Support students with different learning styles
- Bring new and experienced perspectives to course discussions
- Networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines
- Support local communities and become more familiar with community assets and needs
- Encourage active participation by WSU community
- Explore new channels for research and publication
- Earn recognition from the CCE for stellar service-learning outcomes
|Benefits of Working with the Center for Civic Engagement
- Provide support to facilitate community engagement projects that meet course objectives and learning outcomes
- Have a large network of community partners throughout Washington and beyond with assistance from the CCE with finding appropriate projects
- Provide ongoing support throughout the semester to students, faculty and community partners
- Manage a course portal on an online database, CougSync, where we can track students' service. CougSync can provide students with an e-portfolio to show all of the activities they participated in at WSU
- Have a service learning notation ("C") that can be included in the course schedule to identify academic sections containing a community service learning component
|Benefits to Community Partners
- Added human resources help agencies meet their goals
- Network with the WSU community and other community agencies
- Students bring creativity and energy to the larger community
- Educating young adults about community needs encourages future civic participation and helps ensure future support of the organization
- Increase awareness of important issues
- Take part in the education of tomorrow's leaders
For examples of service learning at WSU, view our showcase of academic service learning at WSU.