University of Southern Indiana

Service Learning Program

Welcome to Service-Learning at the University of Southern Indiana.  Whether you are a faculty member looking to integrate service-learning into your courses, a student looking for a service-learning site, or a community organization looking to form a partnership, here in this website you can find information and resources on Service-Learning at USI.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a course-based experiential learning strategy. It engages students in meaningful and relevant service with a community partner while employing ongoing reflection to draw connections between the service and course content, thus enhancing academic learning, promoting civic responsiveness, and strengthening communities.

Service-Learning aims to enhance academic learning by challenging students to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. Because Service-Learning addresses actual community needs, it has the added potential to engage students in ways that other experiential methods may not.

What is the USI Service-Learning Program?

“USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.” (USI mission statement).  USI is also a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 15,000 participants annually through its Division of Outreach and Engagement.

In accordance with USI’s mission statement and Carnegie Foundation compliance standards, the USI Service-Learning Program supports both academic and co-curricular service-learning projects. 

What Does the Service Learning Program Do?

The Service Learning Program provides consultation and support to help faculty, staff, students, and community partners plan and execute effective service-learning projects. In addition it:

  • Identifies community needs that can be addressed through service-learning.
  • Supports the integration of service-learning across the curriculum.
  • Builds long-term relationships between the university and community.
  • Offers faculty development opportunities related to service-learning.
  • Recognizes and rewards significant service-learning work.
  • Identifies, helps develop, and promotes service-learning courses.
  • Encourages student participation and coordinates the assessment of student learning. 

Accreditation to Casey Voelker

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