Applications for the Service-Learning Course Designation can be found here.
Why apply for a service-learning designation?
Willamette faculty who incorporate Service-Learning in their courses are encouraged to apply for a service-learning course designation for a number of reasons. Designating Service-Learning courses will:
- facilitate the effective tracking of faculty, student, and institutional progress toward meeting Willamette’s commitment to meaningful service;
- provide easily-identifiable information to students and advisors regarding service-learning course offerings at Willamette (e.g., through inclusion in Willamette’s Course Catalog as well as student transcripts);
- recognize the work of faculty leaders on campus;
- aid in the identification of resources and networks to further support service-learning efforts on campus.
What qualifies as a Community Service Learning Designated Course at Willamette University?
In order to be eligible for approval, a course must meet the following criteria:
- The service meets or addresses a community-defined need.
- The service experiences are incorporated in course learning objectives.
- Students carry out at least 10 hours of service per semester.
- The course provides structured opportunities for guided reflection.
- At least 15% of the course grade is based on assignments that link the service to academic content of the course (rather than having an hours requirement that rests “on-top” of a pre-existing course structure.)
Courses that incorporate service/experiential learning components, but do not meet Course Designation standards can still be informally recognized (e.g., on the CSL Web site) for their experiential learning components.
- Complete the Application for Service-Learning Course Designation. Applications must be submitted along with copies of the WU Course Changes Form for the relevant course, as well as the course syllabus or a description of the service component that demonstrates the criteria outlined above.
- Applications are reviewed by the Director of the Community Service Learning Office for feedback and/or verification that the course under consideration meets or exceeds the standards for Service-Learning as described above.
- Verified applications are then forwarded by the faculty member to Academic Programs Committee for review and approval.