Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning
Criteria for Designation of Service-Learning Courses
The University of Vermont has agreed upon the following criteria for designating a course as "Service-Learning." This definition builds upon the research, theory, and institutional work of campuses nation-wide.
The major goal of identifying and publicizing a standard set of criteria for "service-learning" courses is to clarify communications with students, faculty, staff, and community members regarding the meaning of "service-learning" designation. Such clearly defined designation may also help in assessment and monitoring activities, illustrating standards and best practices of service-learning, highlighting special characteristics of certain curricular activities, and public relations.
A course will be designated as a Service-Learning Course when it meets all of the following criteria:
- It is a credit-bearing undergraduate and/or graduate level course.
- It integrates service and academic course content so that each
significantly informs and enhances the other.
- There are planned benefits for the community partner
and the students; and the service addresses a need and follows
processes that are mutually agreed upon by the partner agencies
and the instructor.
- Student course assessment and credit are
based upon the demonstration of student learning including
critical reflection regarding the integration of the service and
the academic course content.
- The course actively guides and supports students in critical reflection regarding the integration of the service and the academic course content.
Fall 2013 Service-Learning CoursesCourse designation requests for Fall 2013 SL classes are now being accepted on a rolling basis. First-round designations and S-L TA request were due in February. At this time, you may still designate your course and receive the support of the CUPS office and formal transcript marks. However, the S-L TA hiring process has now ended.
Spring 2014 Service-Learning CoursesCourse designation requests for Spring 2014 Service-Learning Courses will be due on September 27th. This submission deadline:
- guarantees inclusion of your course in all printed as well as online course catalogue materials
- assures that you will receive information about opportunities available to you as you create and implement a service-learning course
- allows you to apply for a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant
If you would like to preview the survey, click here.
IMPORTANT CHANGES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT 2013 COURSE DESIGNATIONS
We have made a few changes to the Course Designation Request Form
that will enable us to support service-learning more effectively.
Most importantly, we are now asking that faculty fill out the full
Course Designation Request Form for all service-learning
courses, not just newly-proposed ones. This means that for all
Summer and Fall 2013 service-learning courses, faculty now need to
provide the following:
- the course description
- the intended service-learning project or project ideas
- your intended service-learning partners, if possible, or the type of community partners to be sought
- your plans to include reflection in your course
- your agreement to fulfill the 5 designation criteria for service-learning classes
In light of this change, we have been able to make the deadline
slightly later in the semester and our long-term plan is to
arrange our work to allow for a mid-semester deadline. We deeply
appreciate the work that you are doing as service-learning
faculty. The information we are asking for will help us support
service-learning more effectively. Currently, with staff turnover,
we are not all familiar with the 80+ service-learning courses
offered each year. The information will allow us to more
effectively publicize service-learning courses both internally and
externally, to assign your courses to an appropriate liaison in
our office, and to communicate with Service-Learning TA candidates
more accurately about your particular course (if applicable).
There are some other formatting and software changes; please do
not hesitate to let us know if you experience any challenges or
glitches in using this new form.
Thank you in advance--and for the work you do to support
service-learning on campus.