The following is from the Summer/Fall 2007 edition of The Dedman College Newsletter.

When Class Work Meets Community Work

Service-learning can be a win-win-win situation.

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 • In the community
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Research has shown that the teaching method, which supplements coursework with community service, benefits students and faculty in addition to the community served, says Stella Mulberry (’98), assistant director of SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement.

“Across disciplines, service-learning boosts students’ critical thinking skills by connecting class content with real-world issues,” Mulberry says. “With students more invested in the academic process, faculty are more likely to achieve course objectives – while also fulfilling the University’s mission to grow global citizens.”

According to SMU’s most recent survey of incoming first years, more than 90 percent performed community service in the last year, and an increasing number, 37 percent, said chances were very good they would in the year ahead.

“Students are more aware of social issues, more service-minded and interested in making a change,” says Mulberry, whose office places students at hundreds of North Texas agencies and can help faculty develop syllabi, grading rubrics and reflection activities.

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