According to the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993: "Service learning, a form of civic engagement, is defined as a credit-bearing educational experience that involves students participating in organized service activities that meet identified community needs, then reflecting on the service to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility." (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995)
Role of the Office of Service Learning
The role of the Office of Service Learning is as follows:
- Provide context for service: Making faculty aware of placement possibilities.
- Build community partnerships
- Coordinate transportation, reflection sessions outside the classroom, keeping track of student hours of service
- Teaching Pure Service Learning Course
- Provide service learning pedagogy workshops for faculty
- Working with Office of Internships for service learning opportunities
- Working with Office of International Studies to include service learning opportunities for students who wish to study abroad.
- Working with disciplines, majors and minors to find programs that fit the needs of the students and their intended careers