Connecting Classrooms and Communities
Founded in 2003, CUPS created a permanent home for academic service-learning at UVM. Our long and distinguished history of community engagement dates to John Dewey and the founding of UVM Extension. As one of only 75 institutions to earn the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2006, UVM excels in community-based learning and other outreach to the communities of which it is a part.
CUPS is at heart a faculty development office, promoting community-engaged teaching among the faculty at UVM. Join over 200 faculty members who designate SL courses, connecting community engagement experiences for students to the academic content of their courses.
CUPS designates service-learning courses, hires Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (SL-TAs) in those courses, and helps students take their service-learning to the next level through SL internships, community-based research and further opportunities. Come see us at the Hub!
CUPS helps community partners find and work effectively with service-learning courses and student researchers, through consultation, training and resources. We also refer community partners to other UVM offices for finding interns, volunteers or other resources.