University of Vermont

UVM Special Report:
Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

The CUPS Office supports academic service-learning — also known as community-engaged learning — at the University of Vermont.

What is academic service-learning?

In service-learning (SL) courses, students work in reciprocal partnerships with community partners, applying the skills of their disciplines in real-world settings. Service-learning is a documented high-impact practice (Kuh 2008; AAC&U LEAP Initiative) that has significant effects on student learning, engagement, retention and success.

Service-learning helps to fulfill UVM's land-grant mission and the educational vision of John Dewey, the father of American progressive education at UVM Class of 1879 alumnus, who famously claimed "educaton is not preparation for life, education is life itself."