Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

Academic Service-Learning
Purpose of Academic Service Learning
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Academic Service-Learning is an evidence-based teaching/learning methodology that can be integrated into any course. The purpose of academic service-learning is to enhance traditional classroom study by supplementing it with community service that is relevant to the subject material and meaningful to the community. Service-learning also has a civic learning element, offering students the knowledge, skills, and values they will need for well-rounded civic engagement. The list below may contribute to a better understanding of ASL.

For more information about Academic Service-Learning, go to our resources page for ASL websites, articles, and books. Some ASL projects done at Ferris State University include:

  • River cleanup service
  • Studying water samples and debris 

The students collect and analyze water samples and findings are reported to a local pollution control agency who use the findings to clean up a river... that is academic service-learning.

For more information about Academic Service-Learning, go to our resources page for ASL Web site, articles and books.

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