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.