Department of Campus Involvement

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  • Classroom
  • NuVal project

Academic Service-Learning Course Component Designation Process

“Service-learning is a credit bearing, educational experience in which students participate in organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.”

Robert Bringle & Julie Hatcher, Office of Service Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • credit bearing: The service-learning must be tied to an academic course
  • organized service activity: Activities are thought out and organized with community partners so that there is a deliberate relationship connecting the service opportunity with course material.
  • identified community needs: Projects meet need(s) identified or affirmed by community partners. Communication with community partners is essential.
  • reflects: Time is spent specifically on reflecting and analyzing the service experience in relation to course content and personal experience.
  • course content: Service is not simply an added component of a course, but integrated into the course as a tool used to reach course goals.
  • civic responsibility: Explores the social connections to scholarly research and academic inquiry.

If this is your first time teaching a course with a service-learning component, please complete the following form: New Course Component Designation Form for each course that you are teaching

If you want to re-designate a course with service-learning component, please complete the following Form: Re-Designation of Course with Service-Learning Component

If you require assistance, please contact Faculty Liaison for Service-Learning at 320-308-3898.

Service-Learning Course Component Designation Instructions

Why should you apply for a service-learning component designation within your course(s)?

  • To support students in making informed decisions when choosing courses
  • To document your involvement in the community for reasons of tenure and promotion
  • To allow colleagues interested or engaged in service-learning to network with you
  • To support your department and/ or school with data collected for assessment and promotion purposes
  • To support the university in collecting data for accrediting agencies such as Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation, Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role, and more.
  • Because the process is easy!

What do you need to do?

  • First time designation or re-designation of courses
  • If you have questions about the form, please work with
    • The Faculty Liaison for Service-Learning (320-308-3898 or (or)
    • The Experiential Learning and Outreach Coordinator/Director in your school or college.

What happens to the forms once they are submitted?

  • A faculty subcommittee of the Service-Learning Advisory Committee led by the Faculty Liaison for Service-Learning will review and endorse proposals. The sub-committee might contact you if clarification is necessary.
  • After the review is completed, the faculty liaison will facilitate having your course service-learning designation entered into the course registration system.
  • If you offer a course with a service-learning component repeatedly without changes, you can simply renew the service-learning designation by completing Re-Designation of Course with Service-Learning Component.