Welcome to Community-Based Learning at UW-Whitewater
Civic engagement and Community-Based Learning play a prominent role in what it means to have a high quality, liberal education and educate students who are prepared for the 21st century. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, problem-solving, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.
Service-Learning at UW-Whitewater
At UW-Whitewater, Service-Learning is anchored in credit-bearing courses that provide an educational experience in which students:
Participate in organized community-based projects that meet the needs of our community, reflect on the service in order to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation for the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995).
In addition to course content, the classroom offers a place for students to reflect on their role in a larger society and how their skills and knowledge can make a difference.
Service-Learning is a high impact practice that helps students understand course material, while also encouraging engaged citizenship. Students in Service-Learning courses: develop skills for a diverse work place (Hurtado & DeAngelo, 2012), report an increased sense of personal efficacy and awareness of personal values (Astin et al., 2000), report being motivated to work harder and experience a deeper understanding of the subject matter (Eyler & Giles, 1999).