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Center for Civic Engagement

Welcome Faculty and Instructors!

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 at

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What is Service Learning?

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Service learning is a “…form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development” (Jacoby, 1996).

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.

Resources Available through the CCE

  • A large network of community partners throughout Washington and beyond and provides assistance with finding appropriate projects
  • Ongoing support throughout the semester to students, faculty and community partners
  • Management of 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
  • Service learning notation ("C") that can be included in the course schedule to identify academic sections containing a community service learning component
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