University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Service-Learning at UVM

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Compared to peer institutions, UVM offers more service-learning courses and enrolls a higher percentage of its student body in SL courses. Like their counterparts nationally, UVM students report higher levels of academic challenge, greater interaction with a faculty member, and higher levels of critical thinking and real world problem-solving coming out of their SL courses (UVM NSSE report, 2014). The CUPS office facilitates these courses with programs for faculty, students and community partners. More information can be found in our annual & special reports below, as well as stories from University Communications.

Recent Service-Learning Stories

Blake Thomas, Nick Tepper, Alissa Young collect data in woods


Seniors in Capstone Course Take on Teamwork, Communication, Problem-Solving

On a cool, sunny day in early April, three University of Vermont Rubenstein School students, armed with a tape measure, compass, and clipboard, headed into a stand of pine, hemlock, and red maple trees. The woods are part of the 225-acre LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area in Shelburne, Vermont. The students, all majoring in ...

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Social Work student working with youth at King Street Center.


Service Learning Award Presented to UVM Social Work Professor

Dr. Suzy Comerford, associate professor of social work, is the 2018 recipient of the Lynne Bond Outstanding Faculty Award – the University of Vermont’s top award for community-engaged teaching/service-learning.  This prestigious award is named for Lynne Bond (emerita) who founded service-learning at UVM in the late 1990s. 

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CUPS Reports

Special Report: Service-Learning & Community Engagement at UVM

FY '15 CUPS Annual Report

CUPS 10th Anniversary Report, 2003-2013

Community-Based Research at UVM