As recognized by the Carnegie Foundation, NIU is a “community engaged” institution. A number of departments and majors already have a strong service learning presence and deserve to be recognized for engaging their students in the community. We strongly encourage others to consider a service learning program for their courses. This initiative works to implement “Goal 3.1.7: Create a formal Service Learning Program” from the Presidential Task Force on Curricular Innovation (PDF).
Students who participate in service learning create positive changes in the classroom and the community. This type of progressive education gives students a sense of empowerment and a better understanding of issues in diversity and civic responsibility.
For more information about Service Learning, contact Dr. Nancy Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org.