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Deepening Your Civic Knowledge

Service-Learning at Ithaca College is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meaningfully addresses community-identified needs and then critically reflect on this service activity to further understand course content, more broadly appreciate the academic discipline, and significantly enhance their sense of civic responsibility.

THERE ARE SEVERAL CRITICAL CRITERIA, LISTED BELOW, THAT A COURSE SHOULD DEMONSTRATE TO ACHIEVE A SERVICE-LEARNING (SL) DESIGNATION AT ITHACA COLLEGE.

  1. SHOULD ADHERE TO THE INSTITUTION'S RECOGNIZED SERVICE-LEARNING DEFINITION

  2. DISCIPLINARY SKILLS ARE APPLIED AND PRACTICED

  3. FACULTY MENTORING IS CONSISTENT

  4. LEARNING IS PURPOSEFUL AND MEASURABLE

  5. CRITICAL REFLECTION IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT

  6. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY MOVES BEYOND A COURSE GRADE IN A WAY THAT CAN BE MEASURED

  7. COMMUNITY VOICE AND PERSPECTIVE MUST BE INTEGRATED INTO EACH CRITERION

WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES, SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO:

  • CONNECT ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE, THEORY, AND SKILLS TO THE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CONTEXT—PRACTICING INTEGRATIVE LEARNING

  • Identify challenges and opportunities that arise in the experiential learning environment, and respond constructively to them—practicing Problem Solving

  • Develop written, verbal, and non-verbal competencies to effectively communicate with diverse audiences—practicing Communication Skills

  • Understand their roles and responsibilities within the experiential learning context, and act appropriately—practicing Professionalism

(THIS DEFINITION IS BASED ON THE WORK OF SERVICE-LEARNING SCHOLARS, BRINGLE AND HATCHER.)

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