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Service Learning at University College: A National Example

Date: Feb. 6, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: Campus News

The Service Learning program at University College is getting national recognition as an exemplary program. University College was one of just five colleges across the country to be awarded a grant to serve as a mentor for Service Learning programs at other community colleges.

The $6,000 grant comes from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) project to increase the number and quality of service learning programs at community colleges. The project is known as "Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning."

Barbara Wallace, director of Service Learning for University College, will provide one-on-one mentoring for Service Learning programs at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York and Fergus Falls Community College in Minnesota. "I'm proud to represent the University of Cincinnati in this important Service Learning initiative," says Wallace. "Our service learning courses at University College not only are academically rigorous, but also we're doing meaningful service in the community, truly living up to the university's mission."

Lynn Barnett, the project director and AACC's director of academic, student and community development said the mentor schools will play a key role in developing multi-disciplinary service learning programs nationwide. "Service learning not only helps improve classroom performance, it helps students polish 'soft skills' demanded in the workplace."

Last year, Wallace and Associate Dean Floyd Ogburn were mentees in a project funded by AACC to help University College further integrate service learning in the college curriculum.

"Service learning has come farther and faster than any other pedagogical initiative I can recall," says University College Dean John Bryan. "Moving from mentee to funded mentor in one year indicates the program's rapid maturation in University College. That reflects not only the hard work of the principals involved but also our faculty's interest in exploring pedagogies that actively engage students."

By spring quarter, the University College Service Learning program is expected to be included in all departments of the college.

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