Criteria for Designation of Service Learning Classes

Based on the “National Principles of Good Practice in Community Service-Learning”


  1. What service will students provide to individuals, organizations, schools, or other entities in the community?

  2. How does the service relate to the subject matter of the course?

  3. What methods will you use to encourage students to think about what they are learning through the service and how it relates to the subject of the class?

  4. What reflective strategies will you use to assess the learning derived from the service? How will credit be given for the learning and its relation to the course, not for the service alone?

  5. How will the service recipients (client or agency) be involved in the planning and evaluation of the service?

  6. What methods or resources will be used (web links, articles, etc.) to illustrate how the causes of (or solution to) the community issue (s) relate to the discipline?

  7. How does the Service-Learning experience, which may also be associated with career preparation, foster civic responsibility?

  8. What methods will be used to help students learn from each other (e.g. through reflection sessions) as well as from the instructor?

  9. Do course options ensure that no student is required to participate in a service placement that creates a religious, political and/or moral conflict for the student?