Products to Use
A variety of products were developed that can continue to be used:
- STEM service-learning institutionalization assessment rubric;
- STEM student success manual;
- Partnership Assessment Rubric;
- Recorded Webinar on Developing and Assessing Rigorous Campus-Community Partnerships; and
- A video about service learning in Chemistry that can be used as a faculty development tool
This self-assessment rubric, adapted from the work of Andrew Furco, University of California, Berkeley, 1999 (revised in 2002, 2003, 2006) and based on the Kecskes/Muyllaert Continuums of Service Benchmark Worksheet, was designed to assist campuses in gauging their progress to institutionalize service learning in their campus STEM departments.
The CoyoteCareers program at CSU San Bernardino, funded in 2007 by a Title V grant, prepares students for, and connects them to, careers in STEM fields through an inventive strategy that uses tutoring in hard-to-pass gatekeeper courses, service-learning and internship experiences, career development counseling and support, and alumni mentoring and networking.
As one recent CSUSB graduate summed up the program's impact after his service-learning placement at the San Bernardino Public Health Laboratory, "I've made contacts in the health field which will help me pursue my goal of becoming a physician." He is now a graduate student at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.
The CoyoteCareers program directors developed a "how-to" manual for those campuses interested in implementing a similar program. The manual, New Partnerships for a New Economy: Effectively Preparing STEM Students for Careers of Choice (.pdf), is now available to you!
A learning community of STEM faculty and community partners at CSU Monterey Bay met over two years to develop service-learning curriculum, strengthen partnerships and develop a list of characteristics that define a strong course-community partnership. Under the leadership of Dr. Dan Shapiro, they transformed this list into a "Partnership Assessment Rubric" (.pdf) that can be useful to any team looking to strengthen their partnership.
In June 2012, Dr. Dan Shapiro, Professor of Science and Environmental Policy, and Iris Peppard, Executive Director, Everyone's Harvest & Salinas-Marina Community Food Project, gave this webinar presentation, Developing and Assessing Rigorous Campus-Community Partnerships (.zip, 295MB), to share both the "Partnership Assessment Rubric" and insights about their STEM service-learning partnership in the context of the CSU Monterey Bay STEM Service-Learning Learning Community.
The webinar is 45-minutes. Dan and Iris also prepared a list of discussion questions (.pdf) to reflect on individually or as a group.
The Chemistry department at CSU Fresno enhanced its curriculum by incorporating service-learning activities into two classes and a first year laboratory. This video provides perspectives from faculty, students, and CSU Fresno alumni about the experiences.