To apply for SL designation, send the following documents to the Service-Learning Director (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- One page document detailing how your class will meet each of the five SL criteria (see below, Step 1)
- Current syllabus reflecting the Service-Learning pedagogy (see below, Step 2)
The SL faculty committee will review applications on a rolling basis.
Step 1—Describe how you will integrate Service-Learning into your class
- Draft a 1-2 page document detailing how your class includes each of the Five Criteria of Service-Learning.
Sample responses to SL Criteria
Step 2—Prepare your syllabus
- Prepare your syllabus drawing from your “Five Critiera” responses. SL designation requires the following components:
- A description of why you are using service-learning in the course, and what students will gain/learn
- A brief explanation about SL (many faculty use the definition at What Is SL?)
- SL assignments and evaluation criteria
- Tips or benchmarks to keep students on track, if needed
Step 3—Submit your documentation for approval
- Send your documentation to the Service-Learning Director who will distribute to the faculty review committee for approval (email email@example.com 426-2380)
- See this link for a more detailed explanation of the approval process.
Step 4 (optional)—Consult with the SL staff for additional assistance
- Once a class has been designated as SL, consult with the Service-Learning staff for assistance with the next steps:
- Identifying community organizations and negotiating the partnerships
- Deciding what forms and agreements you will use with your students and community partners
- Arranging for classroom and logistical support with the Service-Learning staff
The faculty member, with the consultation of the Service-Learning Director, develops a brief course proposal according to the outline. The Service-Learning Director and faculty from the SL Advisory Board review the proposal for consistency with national guidelines and philosophy of Service-Learning, and makes a recommendation for designation as a legitimate Service-Learning experience.
Every semester the SL Director sends the Registrar a list of designated SL courses. Registrar staff add a note to Broncoweb course records indicating the class includes Service-Learning. This note is reflected on student transcripts.
For SL Labs only: When a new one-credit course (SL Lab) is being created, the instructor’s proposal and the recommendation from the SL Director and faculty committee will be forwarded to the department chair who will make a recommendation concerning whether the course should receive Service-Learning designation. The proposal will then be forwarded to the dean. The dean will make the final determination whether the new course should be created and receive Service-Learning designation. This process is facilitated by the Service-Learning Director.
– Approved by the Board of Education Fall 1998.