Benefits of Service-Learning

BENEFITS TO STUDENTS

 

Service-learning…

  • Makes learning more useful and relevant.
  • Promotes active learning.
  • Extends the boundaries of the classroom to metropolitan Detroit.
  • Heightens awareness of community needs.
  • Provides real-life application of what students are learning in the classroom.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to learn about and give back to the community.
  • Enhances sensitivity to diversity.
  • Strengthens critical thinking skills and communication skills.
  • Promotes personal and social growth.
  • Stimulates intellectual and leadership development.
  • Fosters a sense of civic responsibility.
  • Allows for integration and synthesis of knowledge.
  • Helps prepare students for the world of work.
  • Allows students to serve as involved citizens in their communities.
  • Facilitates the development of a lifelong commitment to service.

Service-Learning and the Four Pillars of Honors

The Four Pillars of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College

BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY

Student service…

  • Helps meet unmet community needs.
  • Exposes and teaches communities about emerging generations of students.
  • Helps establish access and connections to other resources available at Wayne State University and through Wayne State University.
  • Helps breakdown and dispel myths and stereotypes that the community has about students and Wayne State University.
  • Adds youth and enthusiasm to a service program or project.
  • Provides an opportunity for a community to shape students’ values and to prepare students for community involvement after college.

BENEFITS TO WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

Service-learning…

  • Supplements the educational experience being provided by the University.
  • Allows WSU to give back to the community through its students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provides good public relations.
  • Provides an opportunity for the community to view the University as a resource.
  • Helps establish connections for other University programs.