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University of Connecticut Office of Public Engagement

Servce-Learning Experiences

 

Office of Service-Learning

Mission

The Office of Service-Learning supports innovative academic and program focused service-learning for the University of Connecticut.  The Office acts as a resource for students, faculty, and staff interested in the pedagogy of service-learning and serves as a liaison to University community partners.  The Office will assist the University in reaching goals stated within the academic plan through providing goal-specific academic service to nearby communities, embracing diversity, cultivating leadership, integrity, and by developing highly engaged students, staff, and faculty civically and socially through service-learning classes.

Definition

Service-Learning is a method of teaching, learning, and outreach which intentionally links community service to an academic course or program through specific learning goals, structured reflection, and assessment.  Service-Learning enhances students’ academic and civic development and meets the self-identified needs of the community. (A Strategic Direction for Service-Learning, submitted to the Provost by the Service-Learning Committee, July 2005)

Service-Learning Experiences

Goals
  • Provide a positive educational experience to the students by utilizing coursework and linking it directly to serving the community while guiding the students through reflection of their service-learning experience. 
  • Build and expand the knowledge and abilities of faculty members to create and implement service-learning courses.
  • Build awareness of, and demand for, service-learning courses among undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop tools and procedures to assess student learning outcomes and program effectiveness as an integral part of University of Connecticut’s assessment initiative.
  • Create and maintain valuable community partnerships to ensure strong support networks that will benefit both the University and the community at large. 
Faculty Fellows

DOWNLOAD the Faculty Fellows list (2008-2010) (MS Word)

Contact

Julia M. Yakovich - University Coordinator of Service Learning

University of Connecticut Office of Service-Learning

UConn Greater Hartford Campus

Library Building, Room 106

1800 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
Telephone: (860) 570-9076

Fax: (860) 570-9304
EMAIL: julia.yakovich@uconn.edu

Examples

Video: UConn Alternate Spring Break

Articles
Resources 
  • Campus Compact
  • Campus Compact RSS Feeds
  • National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: What is Service-Learning?