The LSU Community Engagement Advisory Council and CCELL have implemented a new faculty-driven process for designating service-learning (S-L) classes, effective Fall 2012.
Previously designated service-learning classes and faculty will need to be re-designated using the new process; however, this review will be conducted in stages over the next five years. Faculty will not need to re-apply for designation until contacted by CCELL.
Any class that has not been designated through CCELL as service-learning before must be submitted to CCELL for the new designation before it will be considered LSU service-learning. If a previously designated class is being taught by a faculty member teaching it for the first time, it must be submitted to CCELL for the new designation before it will be considered LSU service-learning.
The basic criteria for designating a course as a S-L course at LSU are that it:
- addresses a community-identified (campus, local, regional, global) need
- service-learning supports the attainment of one or more course objectives
- demonstrates a clear connection between the service activity and the course content
- involves reciprocity between course and community that has the potential to result in students' increased civic awareness and engagement
- involves structured student reflection on the service experience and its relation to course goals
- involves collaboration with an appropriate community partner
To be designated as an S-L course, the S-L activities must be with nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies, PK- 12 schools, the philanthropic arm of a for-profit organization, or other initiatives approved by the CCELL Course Designation Committee on a case-by-case basis. The experiences may not be co-op, internship, clinical practicum and other activities that are designed to meet only student learning needs.
Approval for S-L designation will generally be granted for a specific faculty member’s course section unless a college/department/school states that ALL sections of the course will include S-L activities and will use the same syllabus (see list of classes with All Sections designation). A syllabus that was previously approved and is unchanged does not need approval each semester although re-certification will be necessary after a period of 5 years.
To apply for your course to be designated as a S-L course, you must submit the following to the CCELL office via the link below.
1. Completed Service-Learning Designation Application form
2. Course syllabus containing the following:
- Statement clearly identifying the class as service-learning. Provide link to www.lsu.edu/ccell for more info.
- Explanation of the types of S-L experiences used to meet course objectives
- How students will make contact with the community partners and estimated number of hours that students will serve in the community
- Description of the reflection component used to connect the service experience and course goals
- Explanation of or link to LSU student trip insurance policy
Please use this Application Checklist to prepare for the application and be sure that the application is complete before submitting the form below. There is a possibility that you may be asked to make corrections before the designation is granted.
The designation application and syllabus should be submitted through CCELL's online designation form. Once the form is submitted, a copy of your application will be forwarded automatically to your department chair for approval.