Academic service-learning at St. John’s University is a classroom/ experiential site- based program that involves students in some form of required community service that benefits the common (public) good and uses service as a means of understanding course concepts. The service activity meets course objectives, and through reflection students examine issues pertaining to social justice and responsibility.
Areas of Service
- Education/Youth Services
- Civic Engagement
Five Validating Factors of Academic Service-Learning
- Academic service-learning must be part of an academic course, with a designated number of service hours and specific learning objectives
- It must serve a real and existing need identified by the community agency
- It must be for course credit only; no financial reward for service
- There must be a reciprocal relationship – service reinforces learning and learning strengthens service; benefits for both SJU students and the community site
- Academic service-learning must have a reflective component
Office of Academic Service-Learning
Vincentian Institute for Social Action
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.