Service-Learning courses are great ways to introduce new opportunities to students, faculty and the local community. These opportunities provide benefits to all parties involved by giving students a new avenue of learning, giving faculty a new way of teaching, and giving communities the support and assistance they need of a local university.
Faculty and Institutional Benefits
- Greater participant retention of course material
- Greater student awareness of community and “real world” issues
- More innovative approaches to classroom instruction
- Upholds the goals of the UIS mission statement: The University of Illinois at Springfield provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities.
- Enhances opportunities for research and publication
- Extends campus resources into the community
- Reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement
- Builds reciprocal partnerships with the local community
- Provides good public relations
- Supplements the educational experience being provided by the University
- Allows the University to give back to the community through its students
- Can establish connections for other University programs