Service Learning Network
Building Support for a Service Learning Course
The following internal and external support mechanisms can be helpful in establishing the foundation of a successful service learning course:
-Consulting institutional, college-based, and departmental policies and procedures regarding course design and implementation.
-Working with the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) to determine if the course will need UCC approval, and, if so, learning the procedures for gaining approval.
-Working with the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) to decide whether service activities and scholarship for the course will need HRRC approval.
-Build support for the course from stakeholders including deans, department heads, faculty members, students and community partners and other community members.
-Utilize campus resources such as the Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC), and relevant registered student organizations (RSOs).
-Work with the Institutional Marketing and News and Information Services departments to determine the most effective means of raising awareness for the course within the university and extended communities.
-Gain the interest and support of relevant community leaders whose efforts and activities are related to the course focus.
-Determine what community resources may be available to support the course and its students and service activities, including volunteer and internship sites, sites for off-campus seminars, and guest speakers for class sessions.
-Identify any relevant community review boards or other organizations which seek to protect community interests from research activities or other endeavors which may be perceived as intrusive.
-Identify any potential external funding sources, such as Campus Compact and other foundations and grant-making organizations.
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