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Criteria For The Service Learning ("S") Designation At Cal Poly Pomona

Excerpt from the Service-Learning Policy passed by the Academic Senate and signed by the president:

Any course pedagogy that meets the following criteria as affirmed by the offering department may be designated in the Schedule and Directory and on official transcripts as having a Service Learning Component.

To be designated as a service-learning course in the university class schedule and directory and on a student’s transcript and for administrative purposes, the course shall:

  1. be a component of a university course and be described in the syllabus;

  2. integrate community issues and classroom learning;

  3. include preparation of students for the community environment such as tours, presentations, and/or readings;

  4. provide structured opportunities, such as writing assignments and group discussion, for students to reflect on the connections between their service experience and course objectives;

  5. include an assessment of student ability to integrate the academic and community experience;

  6. take place at sites evaluated and approved by the course instructor in partnership with the community;

  7. be evaluated by the student, community partner, and the instructor.

The service learning component and its relative weight in the final course grade will be explicitly listed in a course syllabus of a course using a service learning pedagogy.

Process: Instructors wishing to have their course designated as “service-learning” should complete the Request for Service Learning Designation form and secure the signatures of their Department Chair and Dean. Signed forms should be submitted to the Center for Community Service-Learning (CCS-L) by the appropriate date.

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Last Updated: April 29, 2008