Heard of Service Learning?
Marquette’s program is recognized far and wide.
Marquette’s academic Service Learning Program is well-known to alumni dating back to the program’s founding in 1994, and 63 percent of today’s undergraduates participate in service learning. It turns out that the university’s Service Learning Program is recognized — and admired — far beyond campus boundaries, too.
The National Society for Experiential Learning, which provides resources and guidance to institutions for developing successful programs, named Marquette’s program the 2012 Experiential Education Program of the Year. The American Association of Colleges and Universities also called SLP an excellent exemplar of service learning.
The breadth of academic service learning at Marquette is tremendous and takes all forms. Faculty appreciate the high-impact learning experience and incorporate a service-learning component in courses that connect students with more than 130 community agencies. Each semester, approximately 1,200 students take these courses that weave service with academics.
But it’s not a one-way street. The community groups also benefit from the students’ assistance and fresh energy.
The best evidence of SLP’s impact comes from students. Data collected by Marquette’s Center for Teaching and Learning indicates students feel an increased commitment to social justice after their service-learning experiences. — JMM