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Service-Learning Program

Service-Learning at the University of North Dakota is experiential learning for academic credit that combines community service with student learning. Service-learning coursework should respond to community needs and provide service opportunities that enhance student learning of specific objectives of the course. Possible community partners are nonprofit organizations, community associations, and public entities. Assessment of service-learning outcomes through student reflection and connection to course content is expected. Service-learning opportunities may be paid or unpaid, required or optional.

The Mission of the Service-Learning Program is to increase the ability of students to participate knowledgeably and actively in public life as citizens and professionals, while contributing to the wellbeing of their communities. The Service-Learning Program:

  • Identifies community needs that can be addressed through service-learning
  • Supports the integration of service-learning across the curriculum
  • Builds long-term relationships between the university and community
  • Offers faculty development opportunities related to service-learning
  • Recognizes and rewards significant service-learning work
  • Identifies service-learning courses and promotes them
  • Helps develop new service-learning coursework
  • Encourages student participation in service-learning coursework
  • Coordinates the assessment of student learning for purposes of improvement
  • Documents service-learning for the Carnegie Foundation and other entities