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Center for Academic Service Learning

The UW-Superior Center for Academic Service Learning is the place on campus to find resources and information on community partnerships at UW-Superior.

Additionally, the AS-L initiative aims to make UW-Superior a regional leader in academic service learning, thus providing a distinctively public quality to UW-Superior's liberal arts mission.

Phone.: 715-394-8518

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm


What is Academic Service Learning?

What it is...

  • is a pedagogy
  • enhances students understanding of the course learning goals 
  • is a form of experiential education
  • meets community-identified needs
  • allows students to apply what they are learning in class in the community and learn while they are serving
  • focuses equally on learning and service
  • is reciprocal because it benefits both the student and the service recipient
  • helps build partnerships between colleges and community-based organizations

What it isn't...

  • internships, clinical's, or field studies which focus on learning rather than service
  • volunteerism which focuses on service and the service recipient but not on students and learning
  • free or convenient labor
  • work for pay
  • an "add-on"
  • a stand-alone, one-time project that does not relate to the course learning goals

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