What is Academic Community Engagement?
… intentional efforts within courses to engage students in planned and purposeful learning related to service experiences within the community to impact student learning outcomes
Examples of Academic Community Engagement
- Students in a first-year English composition course may visit with a local nonprofit organization, collect information on their programs and events, and produce a pamphlet or other written materials that may be useful to the organization in their marketing efforts.
- Students in a capstone community health course may commit time during the course of a semester to developing an educational series on healthy eating to be delivered at areas schools and/or the campus student population.
- Students in a junior-level ecology course may partner with a local conservation group to research the importance of water table preservation and maintenance of proper microbial balance in the surrounding soil and develop a conservation plan; they may also create instructional materials for area schools.
- Students in a junior-level accounting course may assist community members with the preparation of their tax returns.
- Students in a sophomore-level human services course may work with a local assisted living facility to create and deliver an enrichment program for its residents.
- Students from psychology, criminal justice, and education courses may work together to create and facilitate bullying prevention programs for a local middle school.
What these all have in common is a mixture of community service and academic links – in each case students are presented with the opportunity to concretely use concepts and skills emphasized by the course in ways that benefit a local organization or group. And in each case the community project is tied specifically to course requirements and learning objectives.
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