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Why Use Service Learning?

Service Learning will provide all participants with the opportunity to make a more meaningful and long-term impact on Marshall University students and the Huntington community. Combining academic theory with community service enhances student learning by offering hands-on experience outside of the classroom and simultaneously provides community organizations and citizen initiatives with needed expertise. 

 

Benefits for Students

"Be the change you want to see in this world."  -Gandhi  

  • Becoming involved within the community through a Service Learning course provides students with real-life application of what is learned within the borders of the classroom.

  • The integration of service and academics promotes deeper involvement in intellectual growth, leadership development, and personal and social growth.

  • The combination of service and academic theory enhances personalized education for students.

  • Serving the community empowers students as learners, teachers, achievers and leaders

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  • Participating in a Service Learning course will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the working world.

 


Benefits for Faculty

Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I may remember.  Involve me and I learn.  -Benjamin Franklin 

  • Service Learning will provide you with the opportunity to make a more meaningful and long-term impact on Marshall University students and the Huntington community.

  • Combining academic theory with community service enhances student learning by offering hands-on experience outside of the classroom.

  • Service Learning encourages faculty to be innovative and creative in their teaching, which increases student  retention by providing quality education.

  • Service Learning contributes to a university's outreach efforts to the local community, the state and beyond.


 

Benefits for the Community

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  -Margaret Mead

  • Service Learning provides an opportunity for a community to shape students' values and to prepare students for citizenship and community participation after college.

  • Service Learning helps with community education and contributes thousands of hours of service to people in need, non-profit agencies, private sector companies, non-governmental and governmental agencies.

  • Establishing a partnership with the university ensures that self-identified community needs will be met.

 
 

 

   

 

Some benefits adapted from the Center for the Advancement of Service Learning

 



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