-St. Francis of Assisi
What is Service Learning?
Service-Learning 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. Service learning is a type of experiential education that combines academic goals with activities that address human and community needs. Service learning is deeply embedded in the foundation of Quincy University as a Catholic, Franciscan University.
Why do Service-Learning?
To enhance student learning whether in or outside the class room; To serve and to collaborate with non-profit agencies in the Tri-State Area; To foster a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the common good; To fulfill Quincy University's Mission Statement with regard to service and transformation.
What is the difference between service-learning and community service?
Community service participants volunteer for the primary or sole purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community as a whole. Young people engaged in high quality service-learning meet the needs of their communities while increasing their academic achievement. Service-learning students also take part in structured time designated to investigate community needs, invoke upon thoughtful planning of the service project, and complete a guided reflection regarding the relationship between their service experience and their more traditional in-class learning. Overall, the most important feature of effective service-learning programs is that students engage equally with learning and service and reflect on the intersections.