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To learn more about Service-Learning at Purdue University visit our Service-Learning Website.

Service-Learning, a subset of service-engagement, is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students:

  • Participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
  • Use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline
  • Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain:
    • further understanding of course content
    • a broader appreciation of the discipline
    • an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility



Words of Wisdom

  • If you would like to explore the possibility of converting your course into a service-learning course — or even making a component of your course be service-learning — contact one of the Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows (CSLFF). These faculty members are interested in promoting the practice of service-learning on campus and would be happy to help you get started. You can contact them through the Center for Instructional Excellence at CIE@purdue.edu, or by phone at 496-6422.
  • There are two grant programs that you can apply for funds to help you incorporate service-learning into your course. Annually, each of the deans of the 10 academic colleges nominates someone from their college for this award. The grant is for $2,000. There are also a number of Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellow Grants worth $5,000 that are awarded annually. Contact the Center for Instructional Excellence for more information about these grants.