Each year, thousands of University of Missouri students enroll in courses that include community engagement and development as part of their classwork. Courses train students to apply classroom learning in community settings, providing invaluable opportunities for student success and professional growth. This engaged curriculum creates contexts in which students positively impact Missouri communities and the Missouri economy.
The Office of Service-Learning was founded in January of 1995 to support community engaged coursework and experiential learning campus-wide. We maintain partnerships with 300 non-profit organizations and 150 government offices, and engage in global service study abroad activities in 7 developing nations.
Service-Learning courses at MU combine academic coursework with relevant and impactful service to the community. The goal of service-learning is simple–what students learn in the classroom is applied in the community to create engaged and effective servers and, conversely, student activities in the community are integrated into the classroom to transform and enrich learning.
Taking on service-learning students means that student volunteers will be held accountable to not only their agency, but to our office, faculty members and the University as a whole. We not only prepare students for the professionalism and responsibility that comes with service-learning, but we offer support throughout the year to make sure students follow through on their commitments.
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