Community engagement pedagogies, often called service learning, are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Why it matters?
When students work in the community, they are able to put a name and a face to social issues they learn in the classrooms. Students begin to define their role in the community in relation to these names and faces; they begin to define their role within the context of public service and civic responsibility.
In recognition of the service and engagement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners, NIU was awarded the following prestigious awards:
- President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
- Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification
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