Service Learning is a specially designed learning experience in which students combine reflection with structured participation in community-based projects to achieve specified learning outcomes as part of an academic course and/or program requirement. Service learning courses are offered in every college at UC.
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) supports service learning initiatives across the university by connecting staff and faculty to community partners. Similarly, community partners work with the CCE to identify opportunities to partner with staff, faculty, and students and develop service learning courses and experiences.
Among other efforts, the CCE supports service learning initiatives in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), and the College of Medicine (COM).
All first year CAHS students take the "Success in Allied Health" seminar series. During the Fall Semester, students begin to prepare for service learning experiences in the Spring Semester by attending an introduction to service learning session and a service-learning fair. In the Spring Semester, students provide direct service to a local community partner agency and participate in guided reflection on their experiences to achieve specified learning outcomes relevant in the allied health professions.
Service-learning emerges throughout the curriculum within CAHS as well.
Students in the Medical Sciences program have the option of taking a one-semester course titled "Health and Community: Service Learning Rotation" and/or a capstone sequence spanning two semesters titled "Health and Community: Service-Learning Capstone." Students work with local partner agencies to perform direct service and complete project based service-learning activities.
Community partners and students seeking more information about service learning at UC, contact the Center for Community Engagement. Faculty interested in service learning should contact Service Learning at UC.