Student Affairs

Service-Learning

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. Thus, this office strives to help create a "classroom without walls" that is beneficial to faculty members, students, community partners, and the university in the following ways:

Fall 2017 Service-Learning Deadlines

16 Week Course (August 21, 2017 – December 8, 2017) 

When are the Service-Learning deadlines for this semester?

September 15, 2017 –Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning via online submission of the form.  (The professor will provide the link) FIRM DEADLINE

November 17, 2017 – All Service-Learning Log-in forms are due to the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS). FIRM DEADLINE

1st 8 Week Course (August 21, 2017 – October 13, 2017)

When are the Service-Learning (8 Week Spring Intersession Courses) deadlines for this semester?

September 6, 2017- Online 1st 8 week Fall Intersession course  Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning via online submission of the form.  (The professor will provide the link) FIRM DEADLINE

October 6, 2017Online 1st 8 week Fall Intersession course All Service-Learning Log-in forms are due to the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  FIRM DEADLINE

 

2nd 8 Week Course   (October 16, 2017 – December 7, 2017)

When are the Service-Learning deadlines for this semester?

October 27, 2017- Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning via online submission of the form.  (The professor will provide the link) FIRM DEADLINE

December 1, 2017 – All Service-Learning Log-in forms are due to the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  FIRM DEADLINE

 

Student Forms

Service-Learning Log-in Forms

Service Learning Log-in form-Fall 2017 1st 8-Week Course

Service Learning Log-in form-Fall 2017 2nd 8-Week Course

16- Week Log- In Form Service Learning

 

 

 

FAQs for Students 

Checklist- Service Learning

 

Service-Learning Orientation Dates

Need a site approved?

Online Site Agreement Packet

 

Where can I complete my service requirement?


 

Faculty Forms

Course Enrollment Form

FAQs for Faculty 

 

Other Resources:

Speaker/Presentation Request Form