The University Core Service-Learning (UCSL) designation indicates that a course meets the University’s Core Curriculum criteria and will fulfill students’ service-learning graduation requirements. The UCSL designation can correspond with any course level (100 through 400/500).
The UCSL designation presumes that a course utilizes a methodology that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to promote student learning and civic responsibility.
UCSL Proposal Submission Guidance
To submit a proposal for a course to carry the UCSL designation, we encourage you to follow these steps:
- Garner support from your department chair and/or dean to pospose a class for the UCSL designation.
- Review the University Core Criteria for Service-Learning Classes and the review rubric the UCSL committe uses when making decisions.
- Review the resources the OSL makes available for service-learning course design.
- Review the additional guidance offered by the Service-Learning Advisory Committe on appropriate community partners and student preparation for community work.
- Feel free to email the Director of Academic Community Engagement or any one of the review committee members to discuss your proposal.
- Verify that your proposal includes a copy of the course syllabus and any other documentation that describes the service-learning component (e.g., Blackboard documents, additional handouts, web pages).
- Email your completed proposal to Dr. Lina Dostilio, who will forward your submission to the designation subcommittee.
UCSL Proposal Review Process
The designation subcommittee is a part of the Service-Learning Advisory Committee. It is comprised of voting faculty members with the Director of Academic Community Engagement serving as an ex officio member.
- Faculty members are welcomed to attend review meetings to further clarify their submission.
- The review committee will communicate its decisions in writing to the applicant.
- Any submissions not awarded the designation are encouraged to work with the OSL to resubmit during the next review period.
2013-2014 Review Committee Members
Kathy DeRose, Mylan School of Pharmacy
Erik Garrett, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
Amy Phelps, Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Connie Moss, School of Education