Service Learning Network

Building Support for a Service Learning Course

The following internal and external support mechanisms can be helpful in establishing the foundation of a successful service learning course:

Internal Supports

-Consulting institutional, college-based, and departmental policies and procedures regarding course design and implementation.

-Working with the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) to determine if the course will need UCC approval, and, if so, learning the procedures for gaining approval.

-Working with the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) to decide whether service activities and scholarship for the course will need HRRC approval.

-Build support for the course from stakeholders including deans, department heads, faculty members, students and community partners and other community members.

-Utilize campus resources such as the Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC), and relevant registered student organizations (RSOs).

-Work with the Institutional Marketing and News and Information Services departments to determine the most effective means of raising awareness for the course within the university and extended communities.

External Supports

-Gain the interest and support of relevant community leaders whose efforts and activities are related to the course focus.

-Determine what community resources may be available to support the course and its students and service activities, including volunteer and internship sites, sites for off-campus seminars, and guest speakers for class sessions.

-Identify any relevant community review boards or other organizations which seek to protect community interests from research activities or other endeavors which may be perceived as intrusive.

-Identify any potential external funding sources, such as Campus Compact and other foundations and grant-making organizations.

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