Students, faculty, and community members all benefit from service learning courses.
Students report that taking a service learning courses results in:
- A more engaging classroom experience
- Higher grades
- Better connections with their faculty members
- Greater satisfaction with their college experience
- Better career development
- And studies show students who take SL courses have higher retention and graduation rates
See the new report from the American Association of Colleges and Universities, titled A Crucible Moment, pages 12-13 for the studies that substantiate the above claims.
Faculty also get a number of benefits…here are a few to consider:
- Your class will be capped at 20 students
- If selected for a Faculty Development Grant (a necessary prerequisite to teach a SL course), you will receive a $2,000 peer-reviewed award (that may be beneficial to your tenure and promotion file), professional development training, and form collegial relationships across the University.
- A federal work-study student will be assigned to your course to take care of the logistical issues that arise with coordinating service work.
- You can develop relationships with people throughout the Piedmont Triad Community
- You will have access to some (minor) additional funds to support class projects and trips
Community partners benefit from the program as well. They receive:
- Knowledgeable and skilled students to aid in projects and programs
- Promotion of their agency’s mission through our students and the HPU Service Learning Program Website
- A closer connection to HPU faculty