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Designation Policy For Community Service Learning Courses
The faculty senate on Academic Year 2002-2003 approved that
all Community Service Learning (CSL) courses be identified in the
SFSU Bulletin and Class Schedule with a special (CSL) designation.
The designation will assist students in locating courses that have
a CSL option since they will have the opportunity to have the hours
served in an agency as part of their CSL course in their Official
Transcript and will also assist the Office of Academic Planning
with their reporting requirements.
Community service learning (CSL) offers students the chance
to link academic study and course credit with community involvement
and critical reflection. Students enrolled in a course offering
a community service learning opportunity split their time between
classroom instruction, service in the community, and reflection
upon the service experience. Community service learning enhances
academic learning by allowing students to make connections between
their academic study and its application, to clarify their career
goals and acquire work related skills, to develop a heightened sense
of civic responsibility and awareness of moral and ethical issues,
and to provide work of value to the community. The service experienced
is informed by knowledge from the discipline and is integrated into
the course through readings, projects, class presentations, meaningful
and on-going reflection.
COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARING POLICY
Bulletin Copy of the Revised Program
Service learning is an academic study linked to community service
through structured reflection so that each reinforces the other.
The academic study may be in any discipline. The service may address
a variety of community needs.
- Minimum criteria for designation of service learning courses:
The OCSL Steering Committee* composed of one faculty member from
each college and the Director of OCSL will be responsible for assigning
the designation. To obtain the designation, each course must meet
the following criteria:
- The course involves students in service activities or projects
with external communities that are responsive to community
needs. Students who choose the CSL option must complete
no less than 20 hours per academic term of direct academically
relevant community service.
- The course includes academic topics that directly
address questions related to the activities of the students.
- The course requires student reflection on the interrelationships
between course content, concepts, and objectives and community-based
- Procedures for approving designation as a service learning course:
A department seeking a CSL designation of a course will send the
following documentation to the OCSL Faculty Committee:
- A statement of how the course or section(s) meet(s) the minimum
criteria set forth in Section 2.
- A brief description of the probable service assignment(s), including
specifics on hours and/or work products expected, and an explanation
of how students will be prepared for their service placement.
- An explanation of how the instructor will integrate learning
from this particular community service learning experience into
course discussion and assignments, including a statement of how
learning from a service will be evaluated.
- Current CSL courses will be reviewed with the new criteria.
- Notification of approved courses:
- OCSL will inform each Department of its decision. Departments
will then follow University procedures for review and approval of
new or revised courses. The completed Course Proposal and Revision
Form will include the course description with a CSL designation
for the Bulletin. Departments will follow University procedures
for preparing the next class schedule and include a footnote for
CSL designated courses. If multiple sections of the same course
are offered, only those with a CSL components will be so identified.
- Once designated, a course will maintain its designation for
three years unless the Department asks to remove it. At the end
of this period, the Department will be asked to resubmit its request.
- The designation will appear in the Bulletin and Class Schedule
as a (CSL) footnote.
Inserted into the Bulletin under Resources and Support Services
will be the following paragraphs:
Community service learning (CSL) offers students the chance to link
academic study and course credit with community involvement and
critical reflection. Community service learning enhances academic
learning by allowing students to make connections between their
academic study and its application, to clarify their career goals
and acquire work related skills, to develop a heightened sense of
civic responsibility and awareness of moral and ethical issues,
and to provide work of value to the community.
Opportunities to participate in CSL exist throughout the curriculum.
To assist students in identifying courses that provide this opportunity,
such courses will be designated with an (CSL). The (CSL) indicates
that either the entire course is geared toward community service
learning or it has a service learning lab, project option, or module.
Students enroll in CSL courses by following the regular methods
described in the Class Schedule.
Interested students should check departments and courses they are
interested in for the (CSL) designation and consult the Bulletin
and/or contact the department or faculty member in charge for specific
course information. There are over 45 departments currently offering
CSL opportunities, with most courses accepting students from any
major. Some CSL courses fulfill general education and/or major requirements.
The Office of Community Service Learning, part of the San Francisco
Urban Institute, is the campus unit responsible for coordinating
campus community service learning activities. For more information
about CSL, call 338-6846.
* OCSL Faculty Committee composed of Director of OCSL and one faculty
member from each College. Each Dean appoints one faculty member
to this committee for two years. Faculty Committee is responsible
for Designation Policy, reviewing OCSL Awards, mini-grants, scholarships,
and other OCSL policies as needed.
Unanimously Approved by the Academic Senate at its meeting on April
1, 2003. Approved by President Robert A. Corrigan on September 25,