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 students, staff, and faculty to community partners. Among other efforts, the CCE supports service learning initiatives in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S), the College of Medicine (COM), and the Colleg of Nursing (CON).
All first year CAHS students in Learning Communities embark upon a specialized service learning experience in the Spring Semester through Learning Communities' Better Place Project. 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.
Students in Arts & Sciences Learning Communities participate in service learning through the Better Place Project.
Students in the College of Nursing participate in service learning through their first year Nursing courses.
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.