Why AS-L

Why AS-L

Academic Service-Learning...

  • is a pedagogy
  • enhances students understanding of the course learning goals 
  • is a form of experiential education
  • meets community-identified needs
  • allows students to apply what they are learning in class in the community and learn while they are serving
  • focuses equally on learning and service
  • is reciprocal because it benefits both the student and the service recipient
  • helps build partnerships between colleges and community-based organizations

Academic Service-Learning is NOT...

  • internships, clinicals, or field studies which focus on learning rather than service
  • volunteerism which focuses on service and the service recipient but not on students and learning
  • free or convenient labor
  • work for pay
  • an "add-on"
  • a stand-alone, one-time project that does not relate to the course learning goals

Volunteering/ Community Service Academic Service-Learning Internship  
Primary Intended Beneficiary


Recipient and Provider


Primary Focus


Service and Learning


Nature of Service

Based on Interest

Based on Academic Learning Outcomes

Based on Career or Industry