The Benefits of Service Learning

The Benefits of Service-Learning

Adapted from Service Integration Project at Colorado State University


Students benefit through…

  • Hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases relevance of academic skills
  • Accommodation of different learning styles
  • Interaction with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
  • Increased sense of self-efficacy, analytical skills, and social development
  • Valuable and competitive career guidance and experience
  • Opportunities for meaningful involvement with the local community
  • Increased civic responsibility
  • “It brings books to life and life to books”

Faculty benefit through…

  • More lively class discussions and increased student participation
  • Greater participant retention of course material
  • Greater student awareness of community and “real world” issues
  • More innovative approaches to classroom instruction
  • Enhanced opportunities for research and publication
  • Greater faculty awareness of community issues
  • “It changes faculty role from the expert on top to the expert on tap”

The Community benefits through…

  • Access to university resources
  • Positive relationship opportunities with the university
  • Awareness-building of community issues, agencies and constituents
  • Opportunities to contribute to the educational process
  • Affordable access to professional development
  • Short-and-long term solutions to pressing community needs
  • “It shifts from community as laboratory to community as classroom”