University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning


About CUPS

We work to create meaningful, sustainable, pedagogically rich opportunities for students to contribute to the community through the skills gained in their academic discplines. We are a faculty development office, a student engagement office, and a community outreach office in one.

Quick Facts about Community-Engaged Learning at UVM

»  Each year, about 1800 students take a Service-Learning course. That's roughly 13% of the student body.

»  Every semester, nearly 40 designated SL courses are offered in most of UVM’s schools and colleges.

»  Students report that participating in service-learning increases their contact with faculty, their real-world problem solving skills and their sense of academic challenge at UVM.

»  Community engagement at UVM dates to the era of John Dewey, but some highlights include our first such-named Center for Service-Learning (CSL) founded in 1971.

»  Over 85 faculty members have participated in the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning training, founded in 1999.

»  Across the university, nearly 30% of faculty engage the community in their research; over 15% involve community partners as active participants in the research process, or design research to meet community needs.

»  UVM community-engaged faculty consistently win awards for their teaching and community-based scholarship; UVM's community engagement was recognized in 2006 through the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

»  Community partners to UVM SL classes receive over 10,000 hours of service each year, and deliverables from advertising design, media campaigns, analyses and assessments, engineering designs, inventories and more.