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SL Course Designation


For a course to receive an "SL" designation, the service learning experience must:

  1. Enhance the course learning outcomes through application of course content.
  2. Be clearly outlined in the course syllabus and be an expressed goal in at least one learning outcome.
  3. Involve experience with a community-based organization* during which the students work to meet a need(s) identified by the community organization.
  4. Involve at least 10 hours of service experience for a 3 credit hour course.
  5. Involve continuous, challenging, connected, and contextualized reflection on the experience and learning (pre-service, during service, and post-service).

*A community-based organization is defined as:

  • Non-Profit Agencies (shelters, food banks, advocacy groups)
  • Educational Institutions (schools, daycare centers, correctional facilities)
  • Groups of people who share a common identity related to culture, economics, religion, age, health, etc. (churches, youth programs)
  • For-Profit Agencies only when the primary purpose is providing a significant public service (hospitals, nursing homes)


Please refer to the service learning course designation form