Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement

Service-Learning Students

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.

In order to actively engage students, service-learning ties community service to academic content by giving students the opportunity to extend their academic courses beyond class. Students apply their course lessons to real community problems, establishing a link between service and learning.

Service-learning provides an opportunity to become engaged in public issues concerning the community. A growing body of research shows that meaningful service to the community interwoven with high quality classroom instruction has significant positive effects on:

  • Academic performance
  • Values
  • Self-efficacy
  • Leadership
  • Choice of a service career
  • Plans to participate in service after college
  • Increased degree of interest in subject matter

(Astin, Vogelgesang, Ikeda, & Yee , 2000; Kuh, 2008)