Office of Student Engagement

4th Credit Approach

As we advance our work on its signature learning, we are excited to advance service-learning in the curriculum across the various disciplines and programs of study. Our commitment to this emerging pedagogy is stronger than ever, and as a faculty member, you are at the forefront of this exciting educational movement and critical to its success.

To help leverage opportunities for collaboration and learning between your course(s) and SERVE-101, we encourage faculty to consider developing a Service-Learning Syllabus Addendum. This addendum to a three-credit course syllabus would introduce SERVE-101 to students and provide suggested service activities that would complement your course objectives. Having students co-enroll in SERVE-101 and intentionally linking their service activities to the course material of another class helps students find a deeper understanding of class content. This integrative approach encourages students to take initiative in their educational experience by applying course concepts in the community and using service to enhance in-class learning.

Examples of a service-learning syllabus addendum include:

SERVE-101 is designed to create an opportunity to understand the reciprocal nature and responsibility of citizenship through both practical applications and critical reflection. Students will have the option to work with a community partner, explore the impact of service on the community, and understand the vehicles that contribute meaningful social action to address societal and policy issues that perpetuate social inequities. This intentional service, reflection, understanding, and action model is designed to help students evolve from “volunteers” to “ethically responsible citizens.”

If you are interested in developing a Service-Learning Syllabus Addendum for your course, please contact the office of Student Development Programs.