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CRITERIA FOR THE SERVICE LEARNING ("S") DESIGNATION at CSU Monterey Bay
The following uniform minimum criteria for awarding courses and
experiences an "S" designation were approved by the Service Learning
Faculty Council on December 13, 1996.
In order for a course or learning experience to receive an "S"
designation, it must:
1. Involve students in service activities or projects with external
communities that are responsive to community-identified needs; and
2. Require students to integrate the learning derived from service
with subject matter outcomes through reflection exercises, discussion,
written, oral or media presentations.
A faculty member seeking an "S" designation for a course will
submit a proposal to the Service Learning Faculty Council which
1. A description of how service fits with learning objectives.
2. A listing of service opportunities available to students in
connection to this specific learning experience and information
on how students will be prepared for their service placement.
3. An explanation of how the instructor will integrate community
learning into course discussion and assignments (i.e. through discussion,
journal assignments projects or presentations).
4. An explanation of the service assignment (specifics on hours
or product expected) and how service will be evaluated.
Additional Criteria: Institutes may add criteria as appropriate
to the learning outcomes of their respective disciplines.
Process: Service Learning Point Persons in each of the
majors and staff of the Service Learning Institute can provide assistance
to faculty in developing their proposals. A sub committee of the
Faculty Council on Service Learning will review the proposals, provide
consultation to the faculty member as needed, and work in collaboration
with the Curriculum Review, University Wide Programs, and Educational
Planning and Policy Committees of the Academic Senate as appropriate
to obtain the "S" designation.
Deadlines: Proposals for fall courses should be submitted
by May 1; proposals for spring courses should be submitted by December