One of the cornerstones of higher education in a public institution like the University of Wisconsin Colleges is being a resource for its community. Service-learning is one way to establish direct connections between the institution and the people we serve. The purpose of service-learning goes beyond just civic engagement as it provides opportunities for students that will benefit their educational experience, and also enhances community outreach for faculty and staff. Service-learning can take many forms and can be applied in a variety of situations but research has shown this type of ‘high-impact’ pedagogical method will produce results! The UW Colleges is committed to offering service-learning experiences for our students and community partners and we will continue to support and promote such activities by our dedicated faculty and staff.
Definition of Service-Learning from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction
As a faculty member and now as the UW Colleges Service-learning Coordinator, I have seen how service-learning activities have impacted my students’ growth and how our community partners enjoy and appreciate the knowledge our students can being to their organization.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Dr. Michael C. Jurmu
UW Colleges Service-learning Coordinator
Associate Professor of Geography and Geology, UW-Fond du Lac