Dr. Mike Egan's Urban (Schools) Legends class corresponded with high school students from EPIC Academy on Chicago's South leading to a visit from the students to get a look at a liberal arts college and find out what life is like as a college student.
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" (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse).
These are powerful, transformative experiences which have been shown to increase intercultural sensitivity and civic engagement even after graduation.
"In a study of more than 20,000 students...Astin et al. explain that 'service-learning is effective in part because it facilitates four types of outcomes: increased sense of personal efficacy, an increased awareness of the world, an increased awareness of one's personal values, and increased engagement in the classroom experience.'" (Brownell & Swaner, Five High Impact Practices. AAC&U, 2009)
Augustana works with faculty, students and community members to develop these opportunities within numerous Augustana courses, whether the community served is local or international.
To learn more about service learning, contact Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, assistant dean, 309-794-7331.