What is Service Learning?
According to Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse, service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
How You Can Benefit
Service Learning enables students to apply course concepts to a real life experience that meets a community need and to reflect upon all aspects. Course objectives and student community work are fundamentally integrated throughout the semester. The basic aim of service learning is two-fold: first, that students’ service will heighten the understanding of central academic themes, goals, or subject matter in their courses; second, that the academic course content will facilitate students’ ability to reflect in deep.
Service Learning Requirements
All current freshmen and incoming students enrolled at Villa Maria College must complete two dedicated service learning courses and the related Service Learning experience. While Service Learning requirements may be optional within a course, they are a graduation requirement and must be completed during a students tenure at Villa.
All Service Learning requirements are designed in support of Villa Maria College’s mission and core values.
Service Learning Mission Statement
All students enrolled at Villa Maria College must complete service learning experiences. Service learning in the form of a fall or spring service day is required of all students in CORE 101 and CORE 401. Transfer students who are not required to take either of the above courses must participate in one service day in either the fall or spring semester.
All service learning requirements are designed in support of Villa Maria College’s mission and core values.
Service Learning Vision Statement
Villa Maria College students will be transformed by meaningful Service Learning experiences to become men and women who promote a more just society and empower others to do the same. Students will be able to reflect upon and express how the reciprocal relationships between academics and service learning experiences have helped them not only better understand course content but also become more aware of the needs of others.
Benefits of Service Learning
Research clearly demonstrates that Service Learning has many benefits to students on many different levels. Click here to learn more.
I have found Service Learning to be an indispensable tool in the classroom. It has made ethical theories and concepts concrete and real for students and has helped to make the core values and Franciscan heritage of the college practical and applicable in the real world. Our students are exposed to our community and gain an appreciation for its diversity. They are challenged to make positive and life-long contributions to the betterment of our society. — Dr. Don Monnin Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Hard at Work
Check out the Villa students making a difference in their community!
Faculty Forms & Resources
Service Learning Procedure