Why is Service-Learning Important?
Students learn more when they are actively involved in what they are learning than when they are passive recipients of information. Through integrated service experiences, students are able to connect contemporary systemic social problems to their own education. Using information and knowledge gained in the classroom, students are challenged to become agents of positive social change in their communities.
What are the direct benefits of Service and Service-Learning?
- Increases retention
- Provides quality education
- Increases the relevancy of education to real life situations
- Enhances personalized education for students
- Teaches positive values, leadership, citizenship and personal responsibility
- Empowers students as learners, teachers, achievers and leaders
- Invites students to become vested members of the surrounding community
- Teaches job skills and prepares students for careers after college
- Encourages faculty to be innovative and creative in their teaching
- Contributes to a university's outreach efforts to the local community, the state and beyond
- Increases campus-community collaboration and partnerships
- Helps with community education
- Contributes thousands of hours of service to people in need, non-profit organizations, private sector companies, and governmental agencies