To develop a robust Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU showcasing the university’s strategic commitment to academic excellence, dynamic community engagement, and meaningful public service.
Each fall, a new cohort of promising Sophomores will be selected to participate in a rigorous and rewarding Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU. This one-year experience will feature the completion of service-learning designated coursework, an ongoing process of self-reflection on the meaning of service, and the application of one’s academic training and interests to specific community needs through a supervised service project. The program will be one of the university’s most visible touchstones, reflected not only in the recognition accorded to its participants on their transcripts, at the CCE’s annual banquet, and in the press, but even more so in its clear resonance with the university’s overall mission, vision, retention goals, and strategic plan.
- orientation workshop at the beginning of the year
- participation in two events sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement
- one “Introduction to Service-Learning” course (1 credit, taught by Faculty Fellow)
- 50 service hours with a community partner
- a short reflection essay each semester
- a focused Service Project geared toward a community partner’s real need
- a poster showcasing the completed Service Project at the CCE’s spring banquet
- official transcript designation as a Service-Learning Scholar
- co-curricular transcript designation
- honor/certificate/poster at CCE banquet
- focused attention to a real need, addressed with a valued academic skill set
- broad scope of possible community partners, not just in Terre Haute
- possible partnerships with participants’ home communities through the alumni office
- sense of accomplishment in enhancing ISU’s national reputation for service and engagement