Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Academic Service-Learning

Center for Academic Service - Learning

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Swenson Hall 2047
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8518

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Academic Service-Learning

Center for Academic Service - Learning

Academic Service-Learning

Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) is a credit bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. The AS-L initiative aims to make UW-Superior a regional leader in academic service-learning, thus providing a distinctively public quality to UW-Superior's liberal arts mission.

The Center's Mission
To provide support and resources to match learning outcomes with community needs. 
Our Vision
To have Academic Service-Learning sustainably integrated into the curriculum of every UW-Superior academic program.
Our Values
Discovery  -  Collaboration  - Transformation


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2011-2012 Noteworthy Numbers

37 faculty and instructional staff members, supported by Center staff, utilized Academic Service-Learning in 61 course sections. This is an increase of 825% and 917%, respectively, since the 2008-09 academic year. As a result:

  • Student involvement in AS-L courses has increased by 2,148% since the 2008-09 academic year.
  • 1,259 service-learners donated a dollar value of $381,775 of coursework time to our local non-profits, small businesses, schools, and local government.
  • Students in AS-L courses donated nearly 21,000 hours serving while learning.


Sustainability efforts made in 2011-2012

Grants: Applied and Awarded two AmeriCorps*VISTA grant funded positions from Wisconsin Campus Compact, valued at $81,708.

Formal Designated Definition of AS-L: Using the national standards for quality practice, the faculty senate approved a process and a formal definition of 'what is' an AS-L course.

Course Catalogue Designation: Five course syllabi, from three professors, were submitted and approved by UAAC to hold the AS-L course designation in the course catalogue.

Engaged Departments: To meet program, department and/or University outcomes, our 2010-2011 Engaged Department grant recipients worked throughout the year to integrate AS-L into their respective curriculum. It is now a requirement for any Psychology major to take at least one AS-L course before graduation. The Writing and Library Science and Music Departments made strides to include AS-L within their courses. Three academic departments applied for the new AS-L engaged dept grant; Geology was awarded the grant for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic year.


Conferences and Presentations in 2011-2012

Faculty Presentations: Seven faculty and academic staff from four academic departments presented at varied professional conferences on their work and research done with AS-L.

Collaborated to host 2nd Bi-Annual AS-L Regional Conference: The Center collaborated with UMD, CSS, LSC and the Duluth Public Schools to host the second Bi-Annual Lake Superior Regional Service-Learning Conference.  Keynote Speakers included Dr. Andrew Furco, the Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Barbara Jacoby, Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland.  Over 100 individuals attended.

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