Definition of Service-Learning
Service-Learning at St. John Fisher College integrates service projects in academic courses to enhance student learning, teach civic responsibility, address community needs through meaningful service, and strengthen communities. This service moves beyond the traditional understanding of community service, charity, or volunteerism through its integration in academic courses and incorporation of the following principles:
The service is collaboratively developed, mutually beneficial, and acknowledges the wisdom and skills of the community partner. The service addresses a stated need through capacity-building projects and client support. Community partnerships are reciprocal and sustaining in order to build on assets and promote problem-solving.
The service helps students meet course goals in a challenging and meaningful way. Structured and rigorous assignments connect course content with service and entail student self-reflection, critical thinking, and the demonstration of life skills. As a result, students will gain the knowledge, broadened world view, and commitment to become active, informed, and responsible citizens.
Student Benefits of Service-Learning
Enhances meaningfulness of learning, professional, personal and academic skills, course performance, civic responsibility, and understanding of social and multicultural issues.
Faculty Benefits of Service-Learning
Provides enhancement of faculty development in teaching, research, professional recognition, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning, and community-faculty partnerships.
Community Benefits of Service-Learning
Addresses real community needs, builds mutually beneficial relationships between Fisher and the community, and keeps Fisher students contributing to the Rochester community.