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