Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement


Honor RollFor years, educators have worked hard to find the right definition of service-learning. The hyphenation of the terms "service" and “learning” strongly suggests a balance between learning outcomes and service goals that can be achieved only through an integration of each.

Service-learning, as a method of teaching and learning, emphasizes hands-on tasks that address real world concerns as a venue for educational growth. The service experience provides a context for testing, observing, or trying out discipline-based theories, concepts, or skills. Likewise, the academic context enriches the service experience by raising questions about real world concerns and providing a forum for probing these concerns in depth.

As part of the Community Engagement pathway for USCConnect service-learning provides students with a meaningful opportunity to integrate their learning. Service-learning prepares students to be full and responsible participants in both their profession and their communities.

Community Partner Breakfast

On Thursday, October 8th, 2015, the Office of Student Engagement will sponsor the 8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast. It will take place in the Russell House University Union Ballroom from 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

The event, part of USC's efforts to celebrate and build sustainable community partnerships, connects campus representatives with local agencies to enhance the success of programs such as academic service-learning. It is free and open to faculty, staff, and students involved or interested in campus-community partnerships and to professionals from service agencies in Columbia.

Service-learning courses have increased steadily at the university, enhancing students' academic experiences in classrooms and laboratories and encouraging extracurricular collaboration among faculty, students, and community service agencies

Please select the appropriate link to register for the 8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast. All questions about the event should be directed to Jabari Bodrick at jbodrick@sc.edu.

Community Partner Agency Registration: Register here

Faculty/Staff Registration: Register here

Student Registration: Register here