Service Learning

Service learning is a method of learning that links course objectives with meaningful community service experiences. Students gain direct experience with issues they are studying, and work to analyze and solve problems in their communities. Service learning benefits students by enhancing their understanding of concepts learned in the classroom, promoting personal identity, fostering the development of civic responsibility, and giving them the opportunity to work with diverse populations in a “real world” setting. The community organizations benefits from the relationships formed and the services the students contribute in response to community needs. Service learning models the idea that giving back to the community is an important college experience, and that working with community organizations is good preparation for citizenship.

Both service learning and sustainability are areas of innovation in higher education that share a commitment to place, community engagement, and high impact learning. Service learning explores ideas about sustaining the places we live and work, and striving for good quality of life for all present and future members of the community.

UAB Service Learning connects UAB students, faculty, and community nonprofit partners together to enrich student academic learning, promote civic engagement, and strengthen and support our local and global communities.