BENEFITS OF SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning benefits all of the partners, students, community and the university.

Some of the benefits are listed below.

Student benefits:
• Engages students in self-directed active learning.
• Offers opportunities to use critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Broadens personal awareness of community and community organizations
• Increases understanding of community development
• Gives opportunity to contribute to the community
• Promotes reflection on issues of social responsibility
• Assist in career exploration

Community benefits:
• Fosters collaboration between university and community
• Extends campus academic and human resources into the community
• Raises the profile of community groups
• Adds students perspective to the delivery of social programs
• Increases the potential for more knowledgeable future employees
• Brings energy and enthusiasm to existing programming

University benefits:
• Encourages innovation in teaching practices
• Enriches the teaching and learning process
• Brings an added dimension to classroom discussion
• Provides diversity of learning opportunities for students
• Communities serve as an alternative learning setting
• Provides an avenue to university-community research partnerships
• Strengthen community-university relation