Putting Course Skills to Use in the Community
“Experiential Learning is an amazing opportunity for students to put their course
skills to use in the community. It also sparks a lifelong love for serving others.”
Benefits to Students
- Increases personal development through a sense of personal efficacy, personal identity,
and moral development.
- Increases leadership skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills to work
well with others.
- Increases civic responsibility by reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural understanding
and a sense of social responsibility, while promoting commitment to continued community
- Increased academic learning and GPA by promoting critical thinking and problem solving
skills through real-world experiences.
- Increased career development through exploration of career interests, improves employability
through application of skills in the real world, and offers networking for increased
Benefits for Faculty
- Promotes student engagement with the subject matter by engaging a variety of learning
styles, strengthening faculty-student relationships, and improving the process and
products of assignments and exams.
- Course meets general education requirements for citizenship by providing social responsibility
through collaboration with others in diverse settings, and through civic knowledge
- Enhances professional development through networking opportunities within other institutions,
provides new avenues for research and publication, increases awareness of current
societal issues, reinvigorates teaching and enlivens classrooms.
Benefits to the Colleges
- Improves student retention by engaging student talents and energies, creating a campus-wide
spirit of engagement, and providing a substantial human resource.
- Fosters public relations with a visible presence in the community, establish partnerships
for increased community support, fosters higher quality graduates and overall satisfaction
with the college.
Benefits to the Community
- Improves community outcomes by meeting the needs of the agency through increased human
resources, access to university resources, more informed and involved citizens, and
new ideas and energy.