Benefits of Service Learning

Benefits to Students

  • Provides students with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class to “real life” situations.
  • Allows students to explore possible career paths, and develop relevant career-related skills.
  • Provides experience for inclusion on a resume, or on an application to a four-year college or university.
  • Deepens an understanding of course materials.
  • Prepares students to participate in internships.
  • Develops meaningful student contact and interaction with the community.
  • Promotes civic responsibility through service, and making a difference in the community.
  • Exposes students to community resources, services, and expertise.
  • Raises awareness of community and social issues, particularly as they relate to areas of study.
  • Provides experience in group work and interpersonal communication.
  • Promotes connections and interaction with people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
  • Instills a sense of empowerment that can enhance self-confidence and self-esteem .

Benefits to the Community

  • Facilitates partnerships that foster positive college-community relations.
  • Provides access to college educational resources and expertise.
  • Helps identify and address community needs in effective and creative ways.
  • Contributes to a culture of citizenship, and contributes to future generations of engaged citizens.
  • Encourages multi-generational and cross-cultural interactions.
  • Raises college and community awareness about community resources and services.
  • Provides support for, and contributes to the growth of, community service efforts.

Benefits to Faculty

  • Provides new ways to teach course material that can result in an enriched teaching experience.
  • Offers rewarding professional development challenges.
  • Engages faculty in meaningful interactions with the community at large, helping build faculty-community collaborative work.
  • Encourages faculty to form close, interactive, mentoring relationships with students.
  • Extends the classroom into the community, linking faculty and teaching with positive community outcomes.
  • Connects faculty across academic disciplines through a shared approach to teaching.

Benefits to the College

  • Furthers the goals of the college’s mission and strategic planning initiatives.
  • Fosters positive college-community relations and creates opportunities for collaboration.
  • Identifies the colleges as an active, engaged community partner.
  • Contributes to innovations in pedagogy and program development.
  • Increases student engagement and retention.
  • Contributes to an enrichment of education quality and relevancy.
  • Enriches the quality and relevancy of the education provided.