In order to enhance and promote excellence in teaching and learning, to develop and support a student centered collegial environment, to promote the integration of pluralism within the college community, and to develop and foster beneficial relationships with the community, Hudson Valley Community College has opened a Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. This center is designed to support the integration of service into the curriculum.
The concept of service learning suggests a reciprocal relationship between the college and our community partners. While students will perform service, as defined by the needs of the community, the community partners will help students integrate academic learning into the day to day experiences of community life. This strengthens learning, promotes the connection of learning to life, and allows students to see that they can and must make a positive difference in the world around them.
Students who are given the option to participate in service learning can work through the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement to find the appropriate community partner.
Why Service Learning
Research on service learning (from the American Association for Community Colleges) reveals the following:
- 90 percent of students agreed that academically-based service helped them see how course subject matter can be used in everyday life.
- 70 percent thought that service learning helped them better understand required reading and lectures.
- Given a choice between a course that offered service learning versus one that didn't, 82 percent of students who had taken a service learning course preferred to do so again.
- 77 percent agreed that service learning should be practiced in more classes at their institutions.
- 80 percent of students express a greater interest in doing service in their community after their service learning experience.
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Peter R. Sawyer, Ph.D.
Marvin Faculty Annex, Room 106 (located to the left of the main entrance to the Marvin Library Learning Commons)
David Van Aken
Marvin Faculty Annex, Room 105 (located to the left of the main entrance to the Marvin Library Learning Commons)