Cultivating Community beyond the Classroom" provides ideas for developing reciprocal, collaborative service learning partnerships. The 29-page monograph features a variety of replicable examples from 16 colleges that participated in AACC’s 2009-2012 national grant program, Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning. The Horizons college projects focused on social media, environmental education, and healthy families.
The monograph also includes the results of two recent AACC research studies: one found promising outcomes related to student retention, and the other (in collaboration with California Campus Compact) assessed the value of service learning to community partners.
While this monograph was written with community colleges in mind, it includes topics and recommendations that may also be useful for others in K-12, higher education, and community-based organizations involved in service learning and community engagement.