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Academic Service-Learning

University of New Haven Academic Service-Learning

What is Academic Service-Learning?

Academic Service-Learning "is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhance sensed of civic responsibility." - Bringle and Hatcher, 1995.  

An important part of academic service learning is reflection, which serves as a bridge between community service activities and the educational content of the course.  Reflection directs the student's attention to new interpretations of events and provides a means through which the community service can be studied for deeper understanding.  

Does a student earn credit and a grade for Academic Service-Learning?  Yes — for the learning, not the service.  We know that serving others is its own reward.

Apply to Community Work Study!

Are you eligible for Federal Work Study and want to explore opportunities to work off-campus? For more information about the Community Work Study program, click here.

For the application click here.

  1. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210

    Sally Anastos
    Director of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4588

    Nicole Wiley
    Community Work Study Coordinator 
    Phone: (203) 479-4829
    Contact Nicole about the Community Work Study Program

    Desiree McPherson
    Service-Learning Student Staff
    Contact Desiree for general inquiries. 


  2. Upcoming Events

    Marketing Your Service Experience: A Resume Writing Workshop
    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    BSAC Conference Room
    A Careers for the Common Good Event!

  3. Community Work Study

    The Community Work Study (CWS) program places undergraduate students at nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater New Haven area. The students are compensated entirely through Federal Work Study funds, allowing students to have regular income at no cost to the community organization. Students work from September-May for about 8-10 hours a week.

    Students in the Community Work Study program worked a total of 5,832 hours. The value of that service according to the independent is $162,527.94!

    To be considered for the CWS program, organizations must be federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Students must have federal work study and go through an application process with the Academic Service-Learning Office.

    For more information about the Community Work Study Program, please visit our page here!

    For questions about the CWS program and how you can get involved, email us at

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