Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Guidelines for Developing Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Experiences:

Faculty, staff and students developing a service-learning experience are advised to work closely with the Sabo Center or the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work to select a site with a logical tie to the student’s major or other area of study, and/or to the content of a course.

Course-Embedded Service-Learning and Civic Engagement:

  1. In order to qualify as an Augsburg Experience, community service-learning embedded in a course will typically involve a minimum of 20 percent of the course in terms of service hours, assignments, guided reflection, discussion, and related course activities. These activities should be integrated evenly throughout the duration of the course.
  2. A course should directly link the content, description, goals, assignments, activities, and assessment of the course to the service experience and will state these connections clearly in the course syllabus.
  3. All course-embedded experiences should include structured reflection.  Reflection can take many forms and might include class discussion, journals, essays, e-mail or web-based discussion groups, service-learning portfolios, presentations, or photo reflections.
  4. Faculty developing an Augsburg Experience course should consult with the with the Director of General Education (Jacqueline deVries, devries@augsburg.edu) to obtain an application form.
  5. The Strommen Center and Sabo Center can help faculty learn about best practices for service-learning and civic engagement in the disciplines.

Adapted from the document approved by the faculty April 2002)