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    Assessing Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: Principles and Techniques

    This definitive volume offers a broad overview of issues related to assessment in higher education, with specific application for measuring the impact of service-learning and civic engagement initiatives on students, faculty, the institution, and the community. This revised edition provides a comparison of assessment methods, as well as sample assessment tools ranging from surveys to interviews to syllabus analysis guides. By Sherril B. Gelmon, Barbara A. Holland, Amy Driscoll, Amy Spring, and Seanna Kerrigan. The 2018 Second Edition of this publication can be purchased at: https://campuscompact.presswarehouse.com/browse/book/9781945459108/Assessing-Service-Learning-and-Civic-Engagement

    National Science Foundation Grants to Foster Community Innovation

    Through a NSF grant the University of South Dakota is creating a series of technology entrepreneurship education modules, modifying several existing business and entrepreneurship undergraduate and graduate courses to focus on technology and R&D businesses, and integrating university and private sector partners into technology evaluation and development teams to move innovations and technologies to market.

    Project HEALTH

    Through Project HEALTH (Helping Empower, Advocate, and Lead through Health), 75 student volunteers are working with underprivileged children suffering from asthma, sickle cell anemia and other health problems to educate them about their illnesses and foster good health habits. Students work under the direction of physicians, social workers and attorneys in tackling health and advocacy needs for low-income families. The professionals teach the students, who in turn teach the patients they refer. Website

    Bridging the Digital Divide

    To increase community technology access and knowledge in West Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania created the AmeriCorps Program to bridge the digital divide. This program, begun in January 2001, partners the university with local schools, community centers, and faith-based organizations in a multi-layered effor.t to provide computer access and training to West Philadephia residents who cannot afford their own computers. Students teach residents how to use the computers and maintain the machines for community use. For more information contact Paul Vinelli, Project Coordinator, at 215.898.8324 or e-mail him at paul76@sas.upenn.edu

    Elective Service Learning Program

    Ashland University developed the opportunity for students to receive credit for service learning through the Elective Service Learning Program. To earn this credit, students must use service to enhance the skills learned in the classroom by applying it to real life situations in the community. In order to ensure high academic quality and standards, students must complete a Service Learning Contract with their course professor before registering for an additional credit. During the introductory semester, nine students received the additional credit. The following excerpt, describing the Elective Service Learning Program, was taken from the Ashland University 1999-2000 Undergraduate Catalog: University…

    Aquatic Quality Urban Action Corps

    The departments of geology and civil engineering and the office of student community service at CWRU have been involved in an urban watershed stewardship project for the past 4 years. Faculty have done research on features of the watershed that affect flow, flooding, and aquatic habitat. AmeriCorps members from the OSCS-sponsored, year-round “”Aquatic Quality Urban Action Corps”” have performed stream bed remediation projects and provided environmental education to inner-city residents in the watershed to promote community involvement in its protection. web

    National Science Foundation Grants to Foster Community Innovation

    Project aims to develop a mechanism capable of translating polymer science and engineering discoveries to commercialization through development of new companies, and retention and enhancement of existing companies. Partners will develop, promote and sustain an accessible infrastructure for innovation and design and implement educational programs leading to the increase of the regional work force.

    Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc (CCHERS)

    Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc (CCHERS) is a partnership in health professions education between two private universities, an academic medical center, the city public health department, and a network of fourteen community health centers service the diverse populations of the City of Boston. The CCHERS experience is one of being a catalyst for engaging a university in a collaborative agenda for the social and economic development of an urbancommunity. Contact: Elmer Freeman at e.freeman@nunet.neu.edu or 617.373.4591

    PREP (Post-Secondary Readiness Enrichment Program)

    Designed to provide at-risk middle school students with encouragement to achieve academic success and take advantage of post-secondary educational opportunities, this program uses science education, creative writing, and music therapy, as well as other topical avenues, to prepare the students to meet university system admission requirements and to gain a sense of competence and confidence as learners. The program currently sends GC&SU students, from a wide range of disciplines, into eleven schools in five counties. Contact: Teresa Taylor at (478) 445-5772 or ttaylor@gcsu.edu

    Meals on Wheels (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.)

    Through coupling GC&SU students with the Baldwin County meal delivery service, this program identifies and monitors elderly population in Baldwin county by assessing nutritional and loneliness scales, healthcare issues related to safety in the home, education, and the need for community services. The project yields significant information necessary to implement outcome assessments, as well as establishing a beneficial connection between elderly community residents and student caregivers. Contact: Teresa Taylor at (478) 445-5772 or ttaylor@gcsu.edu

    The many faces of service-learning

    Service Learning at Pueblo Community College has many different faces. Both academic and vocational classes have included service in the curriculum. Math, English, Respiratory Therapy, Travel and Tourism, Occupational Therapy, Business Management, and Computer Information Systems have all had students doing a wide variety of service in the community. Students have volunteered with nursing homes, ambulance companies, social services, police departments, museums, and chambers of commerce. We also have an AmeriCorps group here on campus involved in the CALI literature initiative. They have spent this academic year tutoring in elementary schools, working with the Boys and Girls Club, doing tutoring…

    K-12 Education Initiative

    Regis University currently partners with three parochial and three public elementary and middle schools to provide daytime and after-school tutors to school-based literacy programs. These program have received program design and implementation expertise from faculty and staff at the Univesity, as well as financial and administrative support. These programs involve approximately 300 school children and 70 Regis students each year. This community outreach is in addition to the teacher education programs that the University coordinates. Contact: Center for Service Learning Mary Ellen Carroll at mcarroll@regis.edu or 303.458.3550

    Community Research Services

    Service Learning opportunities are growing steadily at the University of Southern Colorado. Because this program is housed within the Community Research Services office, we are able to develop interlinked projects and placements for students in varied disciplines from social work and psychology to mass communications. A Child Care Parent Survey was completed in December. The information will assist with improving the quality of childcare in our regions. In May USC will again conduct the statewide Children s Summit, which will focus on bringing together community members, parents, and providers. Currently, students are designing a web site to be the information…

    Bridge Project

    The Graduate School of Social Work maintains the Bridge Project, initiated by Chancellor Dan Ritchie in 1991, which “”adopted”” three public housing communities, collaborating with citizens to address such issues as education, employment, violence, and drugs. This Northwest side partnership has expanded in both student participation and funding as a result of the success of the “”Learn and Earn”” technology program at Horace Mann Middle School, through which students gain access to otherwise unavailable technologies by constructing and keeping their own computers, using corporate-donated machines. The $200,000 MCI-WorldCom grant will continue and expand this technology program over the next five…

    Adams State College Science and History Fair

    Each year the Math and Science departments host a science fair for middle and high school students. Following the Math fair is the History Day, which is sponsored by the History, Government, and Political Science departments. These events draw an average of 600 students from around the Valley. Contact: Ericha Loosbrock at

    UCSD CIvic Collaboration

    The UCSD Civic Collaborative, established in 1998, is a program that encourages a two-way flow of knowledge between members of UCSD and the San Diego region., with a particular focut on civic and community life. Supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Collaborative sponsors forums, conferences, and informal gatherings to help UCSD researchers become more knowledgeable about San Diego and more liekly to direct thei rbest thinking toward understanding and improving the quality of life in San Diego. Fostering closer ties with people from a variety of backgrounds and institutions in the region should enhance UCSD’s own…

    Elder Rehab Program

    The Elder Rehab program is a student-administered Alzheimer rehabilitation research program that was conceived of and directed by clinical psychologist Sharon Arkin. The program took place between 1996 and 2001 at the University of Arizona, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the program measured the effects of a multi-modality intervention program on the language performance, rate of decline, physical fitness, and mood of persons with early to moderate stage Alzheimer s disease. To connect to Arkin’s monograph on Exercise and Alzheimer’s on the website of the National Center for Physical Activity and Disability,…

    Diversity, Community & Service

    REQUIRED TEXTS (available at PC Bookstore) Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins, eds. Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology. Charles Taylor, et al. Multiculturalism. …and other readings to be provided in class. COURSE DESCRIPTION One of the core requirements for Public Service majors and minors, this course is offered for the first time this spring. As such, I will be experimenting with format, reading materials, and assignments. You will have as much to say about the final form this course takes as this syllabus– to borrow (sort of) my colleagues’ words, this will not be a “virtual syllabus,” but…

    National Service-Learning in Teacher Education Partnership

    The 7 regional coordinators of the National Service-Learning in Teacher Education Partnership (NSLTEP) supported teacher education faculty at 21 institutions in developing service-learning components of their programs during the 1998-99 year. Service-learning has been integrated in many teacher education courses and numerous new collaborations with schools and community members are providing teacher education students with practical experiences in providing service to children and/or coordinating K-12 students involvement in service-learning activities. One site that is notable to mention as a success story is Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. EVERY elementary school in their 3-T Tutoring program (coordinated by Dr. Fred Smiley,…

    Student Resource Center and the Leadership Institute

    The SDSU Student Resource Center oversees the Leadership Institute that has a number of programs, a conference, and a leadership course that are founded in the belief of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles). The Student Resource Center staff truly believes that the development of leadership skills can and should be linked to the community. All of their initiatives include a service-learning component. SDSU Service Learning home E-mail: servicelearning@sdsu.edu