Service learning is beneficial to various stakeholders, including students, community partners and faculty and professional staff.

STudent benefits

  • Provides an opportunity for students to identify and dissect biases and stereotypes, empowering them to build a new framework for understanding.
  • Builds a reputation for students as innovative and engaged learners from a range of disciplines.
  • Enhances work-force development and students’ employability through applied learning and real-life experience.
  • Encourages civic engagement and social responsibility, and decreases effects of cultural and political apathy.
  • Offers opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership skills.
  • Assists in the development of critical thinking skills.

Community benefits

  • Leads the region through the introduction and engagement of new ideas, products, and services throughout the region with curriculum engagement and student innovation in the service of our stakeholders.
  • Adds value to businesses and agencies with student innovation, energy and creativity. 
  • Meets community-identified needs.
  • Provides access to university resources.
  • Contributes to a culture of innovation, unconventional thinking and problem solving.
  • Engages the community in mutually supportive endeavors.

 University benefits

  • Builds human capital by expanding and strengthening student experience.
  • Enhances the reputation of the University as an engaged campus committed to regional support, student growth, and economic development.
  • Provides strong experiential education in line with the University's mission for a high-quality education. 
  • Provides opportunities for strong partnerships with stakeholders throughout the region.
  • Prepares high-quality graduates who are better prepared to enter the workforce, which serves to entice potential students, both domestic and international.

Faculty and professional staff benefits

  • Generates opportunities for research and publishing through use of the growing service-learning education pedagogy.
  • Supports professional development by engagement of  faculty and  students as both teachers and learners in creative and innovative practice.
  • Promote tenure and funding opportunities for service learning designated courses.
  • Enhances potential for strong faculty/student relationships.
  • Increases engaged student participation in class, and increases students’ ability to internalize course material through application of objectives.