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Service Options At NCCU

Service options for students at NCCU

  • Community Service - service activities dedicated to a specific community/campus partner
  • One-Time Events - major campus and/or departmental service events, such as Make-a-Difference Day, Blood Drive, and Book Bag Drive
  • Service-Learning Courses
  • Unpaid internships and practicums
  • Faculty-approved service activities (in service to community)

Progression of service options for students

  • University College - exploration of service; introduction to service as a life-long value
  • University College - emphasis on one-time service events and community service (meetings planned to more closely connect one-time events and Dimensions of Learning courses)
  • Upper Division Students - Departmental service learning courses; the goal is to ensure that students are beginning to focus on service related to their chosen majors
  • Upper Division Students - Internships and practicum experiences; focused service experiences related to student’s professional aspirations

Current survey of service-learning courses at NCCU

  • Syllabi from all departments submitted after a request from all departments with known courses
  • Survey will identify quality service learning at NCCU, areas of strength and courses that can be improved to provide students with an outstanding learning experience

Creating Your Service-Learning Syllabus: Tips For Faculty


Quality service-learning combines theory with learning through instruction that creates active participation in service experiences, and structured time for reflection. Quality service-learning links the goals of the service experience(s) with course learning outcomes and provides students with an opportunity to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations.

Make sure your Service-Learning Course Includes the Following Elements:

  1. The title of the course should clearly identify the class as a service-learning course: Example - Literature and the Community: A Service-Learning Approach.
  2. The overview of the course should provide clear linkages between course learning outcomes and the goals of the service activity.
  3. The name and contact information of community partners should be listed in the syllabus or in an attachment distributed to students early in the semester.
  4. The number of expected hours students can earn when all activities are completed in an acceptable manner must to be clearly listed. The syllabus should also indicate how much service activities will count toward the student’s overall grade.
  5. The requirements for reflection should be spelled out in the syllabus.

From Learn and Serve America
Spring 2012