Congratulations to the 2012 Excellence in Service-Learning Award Recipients!
Award winners were announced at the Service-Learning Award Celebration on April 12, 2012. Here is a list of all the award recipients, who demonstrated dedication to outstanding service-learning:
The following criteria was used as a guideline to select award winners:
The mission of the Office of Service-Learning is to engage regional communities, the university and our student body in a mutually beneficial, innovative learning and service enterprise for the purpose of mobilizing our knowledge, talents and energies to benefit the greater community.
“Definition: Service-Learning is a mutually beneficial endeavor in which course learning objectives are met by addressing community-identified needs--putting academics into practice. Service learning guidelines generally suggest that students provide at least 15-20 hours of service during the semester; however, this varies according to specific learning objectives. Service learning always includes critical reflection of the work, interactions, and learning regarding the service, and it is always a collaboration among community partners, students, and professors/instructors/staff.
Example: If students collect trash out of an urban streambed, they are providing a valued service to the community as volunteers. If school students collect trash from an urban streambed, analyze their findings to determine the possible sources of pollution, and share the results with residents of the neighborhood, they are engaging in service-learning.” More...
WMU received the Carnegie Classification on Community Engagement, which is an elective classification which evaluates the degree of “collaboration and partnership between themselves and their broader communities (local, regional, state and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.” WMU was one of 115 institutions that successfully attained this distinction in 2010. Calvin College, Eastern Michigan University, Hope College, Madonna University, Michigan State University, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Flint and Western Michigan University are the Michigan Institutions that have successfully attained this classification since its creation in 2006. For more information on this story, please see:
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