CELO trains faculty in the pedagogy and practice of service-learning, helping to provide students with access to roughly 100 service-learning courses a year and in every school and college. These courses work in partnership with hundreds of organizations: nonprofits, local government entities, small businesses, community associations, and more. Students in service-learning courses offer technical, logistical, educational, design and clinical support, applying the tools of their discipline to concrete and real issues.
The University of Vermont has a distinguished history of community-engaged teaching and learning. As the home and alma mater of John Dewey, UVM is the spiritual home of this high-impact practice, and has long valued engagement in community and experiential education as key foundations for citizenship. CELO continues this work, maintaining relationships with community partners, and supporting pathways for students to engage in communities throughout their time at UVM and beyond.
SERVICE LEARNING BY THE NUMBERS, AY19
- 94 service-learning courses
- 71 faculty teaching SL courses
- 177 community partners to SL courses
- 42% of graduating seniors who took at least one SL course
- 6 new Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning
- 7 awards for Outstanding Service-Learning