About Academic Service Learning
What We DoOur office supports students, faculty, and staff at the University and works in partnership with the Greater New Haven Region. The Academic Service-Learning Office creates and disseminates resources to benefit faculty, students, staff, and community partners.
- Improves campus-community awareness of Academic Service-Learning.
- Cultivates the partnership between UNH and CT Campus Compact by serving as the UNH representative at statewide meetings and serves on its strategic planning committee.
- Collects and maintains information on service-learning courses and community partnerships.
- Conducts site visits to ensure partnerships are based on mutuality and reciprocity.
- Hosts campus-community partnership events to promote and expand relationships.
- Creates and conducts seminars and workshops to assist faculty in incorporating service-learning into an academic course.
- Works one-on-one with faculty on service-learning course construction.
- Facilitates partnerships between nonprofit agencies and faculty to form campus-community partnerships.
- Convenes the Academic Service-Learning Advisory Board.
- Assesses impact of service-learning on students.
- Applies for grants to support our service-learning initiative.
- Hosts an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer.
- Recognizes student learning through Academic Service-Learning Award and agency contribution through Campus-Community Partnership Award.
- Nominates UNH faculty and staff for state and national awards.
- Showcases the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff and community partners on Experiential Education Day.
- Manages Community Perception Study to assess our relationship with the Greater New Haven community.
- It is a form of experiential education and is an academically rigorous pedagogy distinct from other traditional and experiential approaches to teaching and learning.
- Enhances academic performance, develops social and civic responsibility, and fosters personal development.
- Partnerships between the University and the community partner are based on mutuality and reciprocity. Both the student and the community should equally benefit from the service activity.
- The service activity meets an actual need in the community.
- Critical reflection is thoroughly integrated with academic learning. Reflection helps students to link their service experience to course content and to reflect upon why the service is important.
- Connects students with the Greater New Haven Region and contribute to their interest in and understanding of community.
- Supports faculty in the development of service-learning courses that include preparation, reflection, and evaluation.
- Encourages and values student voice and leadership.
- Welcomes the community partner as co-educator.
The goal of the Service-Learning Office is to assist students in developing into socially responsible and active citizens and to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives. The Service-Learning Office provides the framework for students to become socially responsible through the following civic learning objectives:
Leadership - students will apply their leadership with or without a formal position
- Understand that leadership is a process
- Develop skills that facilitate the sharing of the leadership roles
- Work with others to develop a shared vision and agenda on community issues
- Understand the importance of accountability and hold themselves and others accountable for their actions
Social Responsibility - students will identify as a member of the community and will take action to address public problems and issues
- Act ethically by applying and creating knowledge for the betterment of society
- Recognize their responsibility to others; locally and globally
- Integrate values and beliefs with career decisions
Cognitive Examination - students will apply their academic knowledge and personal experience to address public problems and issues
- Identify community assets and needs
- Understand community strengths, problems, and resources
- Identify parts and the connections among them as coherent patterns
- Demonstrate an ability to critical examine societal issues using academic knowledge and personal experience
Learning About Self and Others - students will identify personal strengths, values, and goals
- Articulate their beliefs and understand how and why these differ from others
- Respond to the feelings and concerns for others
- Develop their professionals skills related to their career
- Examine their own cultural and social identities and how those shape their values
Community Engagement - students will contribute to their community by advancing its quality of life
- Contributions will be made through political and non-political processes
- Understand the importance of participation in the democratic process
- Recognize and work effectively with contradictions
- Apply their knowledge to community issues