Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning
"Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development." Jacoby, B. 1996.
The UVM Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) works to make connections between UVM Faculty and community organizations to create meaningful partnerships. In an effort to respond to the needs and interests of the community, the CUPS office keeps an ongoing database of potential community partners. A periodic newsletter is published that includes postings, and we also forward this information to appropriate departments and offices when submitted.
This form assists community organizations (nonprofits, government organizations, and educational institutions) in communicating with CUPS about potential collaborations. Please complete this form if your agency has a project or program that might be met through a partnership with an academic course (Academic Service-Learning).
Projects that fit this description:
- are more substantial than could
be met through a one-day service project
- are usually linked to the
organization's mission and purpose
- offer a distinct learning
opportunity for students
- can usually be completed within
- and are most often able to host
a group of students rather than an individual
- Research & Evaluation
projects (surveys, etc.)
- Marketing Plans
- Events and educational planning
- On-going programs:
- Can students perform service at your organization once a week, for example, throughout a semester?
- Can students provide direct ongoing service to your clientele?
- Do you have
semester-long tutoring needs or program-management
- UVMs courses work on a semester
schedule the partnership might have to wait one semester
or more to begin
partnerships emphasize reciprocity; projects will not only
need of an agency or organization, but will also draw on
strengths and knowledge in helping students to learn. You
will play an
active role in this partnership.
CUPS office will review your interest form and help you to
with the appropriate faculty member or campus office. We
guarantee that we will be able to fulfill every request,
- You can call the CUPS office anytime to discuss your project or program: 802-656-0095