Established in 2003, the Marshall University Service Learning Program (MUSLP) operates
within the Center for Teaching
and Learning and receives additional funding from the John Deaver Drinko
Academy. The MUSLP consists of faculty, staff, and volunteers who facilitate lasting
partnerships between Marshall University and the greater Huntington community.
Our office provides faculty with:
- initial training and assistance with coordinating campus-community partnerships
- ongoing workshops and grant opportunities
- official recognition of “SL” designated courses
- access to a library of service learning resources, and
- access to MUSLP staff to aid in tracking volunteer hours.
We support students by:
- visiting classrooms and answering questions about service learning
- celebrating service efforts and projects
- offering advice on how to utilize the service effectively
informing students of service learning award, scholarship, academic and professional
- adding unique opportunities based on student surveys.
And we assist the community organizations by:
- Assessing the specific needs of each organization
- Finding appropriate curriculums to fulfill those needs
- Promoting the mission and initiatives of the organization
- Providing structure to the service, and
- Notifying the organization of funding, promotional, and recruitment opportunities.
Marshall University is a member of the national initiative, Campus Compact and is 1 of 27 member institutions in the
state of West Virginia. According to the official Campus Compact website “Campus
Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents
- representing some 6 million students - dedicated to promoting community service,
civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.” Marshall University
also participates in the WVCC WV Higher Education VISTA Consortium.