Service Learning

Definition of Service – Learning

“Service-learning incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community.” - Campus Contact

CCSL staff partner with faculty to enhance course work through service-learning opportunities and to:

  1. Develop service placement list of special projects appropriate to meet specific learning objectives.
  2. Serve as a liaison between local community service agencies and faculty/students.
  3. Record student service activity for individual Student Service Records and reports to faculty.
  4. Assist with developing learning objectives and assessment methods.
  5. Provide additional support and resources to faculty for student reflection.
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Service Learning for Students

Benefits of Service-Learning

A study conducted to explore service-learning found that it has positive effects on:

  • Academic performance (especially in writing)
  • Values
  • Self-efficacy
  • Leadership
  • Life-long service

The discussions created by service are powerful components in students’ lives and in some cases greatly influence students’ choice of career.

Some Upcoming Service-Learning Courses

  • ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing
  • MGMT 432 Entrepreneurship
  • BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture

Of the courses listed above, not every class time of every course will be service-learning oriented. If you are interested in learning which courses are service-learning, please contact us.

Examples of Past ACU Service-Learning Courses

College of Arts an Sciences

  • ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing – groups researched and wrote grants for local non-profit agencies.

College of Business

  • MGMT 432 Entrepreneurship – students helped a first-year non-profit organization by conducting community research and uncovering the best avenues for advertising, serving, and assessing its services.

College of Biblical Studies

  • BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture – students were provided various opportunities for service around Abilene and selected opportunities based on interest and availability.

College of Education and Human Services

  • COMP 603 Motor Speech Disorders and Dysphagia – students provided assistance to children and adults with motor-based articulation disorders.

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.