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Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy (not an outcome) that integrates classroom curriculum with organized service projects; it includes both a classroom and an off-campus experience (Eyler & Giles, 1999; Hatcher, Bringle, & Mathiah, 2004; Hurd, 2006; Mariani,2004). "It is aligning the course content by meeting a need of the community through student practice" (Campus Compact, 2000, p.15). This 'learning-by-doing' process provides a context for testing, trying out discipline-based theories, observations, concepts, practica and pedagogies. It allows the student an opportunity to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication and performance techniques (Hurd, 2006; Steiner & Sands, 2000). In order for service-learning to accomplish its varied goals — to strengthen classroom learning, to contribute to the community, and to be beneficial to students' personal and civic development – it is important that the faculty and students are actively engaged in planning and implementing service activities. While most of these factors are present in the service-learning experience, true service-learning also incorporates a reflection assignment/instrument to enhance the learning experience (American Association for Higher Education,1999).

Service-learning aims to further faculty research and teaching, enhance students' education, and build community partnerships that create a win-win for all parties involved.  The learning environment at Jackson State University is enriched through experiential learning, as stated in the university's core values. 

Frequently Asked Questions (Revised 4-3-18)

  1. How do I obtain the Service Learning Form online?

          Service Learning Log-in form Fall 2018

  1. How do I get my Service Learning site approved?

You would speak with your professor and indicate to him or her the location that you anticipate performing your Service Learning hours.  The professor will approve the site that you have selected.

  1. How do I track the Service Learning hours?

Beginning in the Spring 2017, students are responsible for tracking their individual hours at the site that they have selected.

  1. Once I complete my Service Learning hours, who do I submit them to?

Once you have completed your hours, obtain a letter from your site supervisor with the total number of hours.  Submit the letter to your professor.

Where can I complete my service requirement?

Fall '18 Agency/Partner List