What is academic service-learning?
In academic service-learning courses, students work in reciprocal partnerships with community partners, applying the skills of their disciplines in real-world settings. Students who practice service-learning have the opportunity to significantly deepen their educational experience while working to strengthen their communities.
Service-learning can take several different forms:
- Direct: with a client population off campus, e.g. tutoring, coaching, mentoring, taking crisis calls, counseling
- Indirect: off campus but non-contact, e.g. sorting items at a food bank, creating a library, removing invasive species
- Consultant model: providing specific services or deliverables, e.g. creating a website or business plan, writing a grant proposal, developing policy briefs
- Community-based research: a collaborative research partnership that engages community agents and organizations in research projects that address community-identified issues
CUPS is a faculty development and community engagement office for UVM, promoting reciprocal partnerships, engaged scholarship and service-learning pedagogy. Learn more about our work in About CUPS. For examples of community-engaged learning at UVM, see our News & Stories page.