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Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning for students and a teaching tool for faculty that purposefully integrates academics and service to meet classroom and community goals throughout the semester. As part of their coursework, students serve with community partners as a way to learn the course material.

The Center of Community Service facilitates powerful learning experiences, and Northeastern has been named for the sixth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report as a “stellar example” of institutions for service learning across the country. NEU students become a part of our surrounding neighborhoods where working in diverse teams reinforces the power of inclusion to solve problems. Because experiential learning connects us all in indelible ways, Northeastern has partnered with more than 140 organizations across the Commonwealth, and in addition, the Center of Community Service continues to partner with community-based organizations around the globe for Alternative Spring Break and other opportunities. For example, students participate in a semi-annual Volunteer Fair and one-day service projects. Northeastern’s service-learning coursework exemplifies why Northeastern stands out.

To learn more about the way that  partnerships between faculty-led academic courses and community-based organizations are supporting diverse education experiences, visit the Service-Learning website or check out the S-Log, a student blog space about Service-Learning (S-L).


Faculty Benefits

  • Relationships with community partner organizations, community members, and other faculty.
  • Greater awareness of how academic areas of interest relate to social issues.
  • New areas for research and publication, and increased opportunities for professional recognition and reward.
  • Improved student discussion, participation, and engagement of students of all learning styles.

Faculty Support

  • Consultation regarding integrating an S-L component into course curriculum.
  • Support identifying community partners.
  • Access to a student leader to act as an S-L teaching assistant to support classroom and community partnerships.
  • Ongoing workshops and opportunities to participate as a service-learning fellow (co-hosted with the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research)