Published Friday, March 14th, 2008
Wayne State College service-learning efforts during the Fall 2007 semester involved more than 1,050 student participants in projects from a variety of courses and disciplines.
Wayne State College service-learning efforts during the Fall 2007 semester involved more than 1,050 student participants in projects from a variety of courses and disciplines. This level of participation is the highest recorded for Wayne State College.
Twenty-four faculty members and six campus organizations involved more than 40 community partners in opportunities to learn through serving others. A strong majority of students, faculty members and community partners responded on service-learning assessment surveys that their involvement in service-learning was mutually beneficial. Students remarked that their "hands-on" service-learning participation confirmed their career aspirations. Community partners stated their approval of the opportunity to teach and learn alongside students and faculty. This constructive interaction also strengthens bonds between the campus and the surrounding community.
The service-learning program at WSC will continue to have grant support from the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE). The college was awarded an institutional sub-grant sum of $15,000 for 2008. There are 24 service-learning programs/projects in progress at WSC. Grant support from MCSLHE is made possible through the Corporation for National Service under the Learn and Serve America: Higher Education grant program. This will mark the seventh year of funding support for service-learning opportunities on campus.
Wayne State College has increased its commitment to strong service-learning activity on campus by adding a support staff position. Lisa Nelson, service-learning specialist, will continue to assist Dr. Jean Karlen, who has served as service-learning campus coordinator since the introduction of the federal program. Nelson is familiar with the duties and needs of the service-learning office. During the past two years, she has served as a graduate assistant assigned to service-learning efforts that included interaction with students, staff and faculty. Nelson is also a representative of the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education.