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Campus Compact: Building from Engagement to Completion Service Learning and Student Success Jacki Belin, Dean for Advancement
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Campus Compact: Building from Engagement to Completion

Service Learning and Student Success

Jacki Belin, Dean for Advancement

• Enrolls 8,500 students each semester of which 3,800 are part-time

• Enrolls 18,300 students in non-credit courses, including customized training, workforce development, allied health, professional development & youth programs

• Provides more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs

RVCC Service Learning Program Participation

Annual Program Participation:• 1,000 students perform

community service• 65 faculty offer service

learning• 70 courses from all academic

disciplines• 250 community organizations• 30,000 hours of service

provided to community• $600,000 donated as

economic equivalent to community

RVCC and NJ Service Learning ParticipationRaritan Valley Community College (850) Bergen CC (427)Brookdale CC (400)Montclair State University (600)New Jersey Institute of Technology (48)Ramapo College (246)Richard Stockton College (500)Rider University (120)

Source: NJ Service-Learning Higher Education Consortium AY 2007-2008

Why is Service Learning Important?• Supports national movement to increase

success/completion rates• Research validates that student engagement

increases student success• Instills civic responsibility • Addresses multiple learning styles

Supporting Student SuccessATD Logic Model

Improving Student LearningOutcomes with Service Learning

American Association of Community Colleges reveals that:

• Students who participate in service learning score higher on institutional learning outcomes such as critical thinking, communication, civic responsibility, academic development, and educational success.

• Students saw themselves as more competitive in the job market than those who did not have service learning experience.

• 85% of these students believed that service learning should be practiced in more courses at their colleges, and 87% would encourage other students to take courses that offer service learning.

The entire text of the research brief may be found at www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/horizons/Documents/slorb_jan2010.pdf

Courses Offering Service Learning

Introductory levelCapstoneLeadershipHonorsMajorsIndependent StudyTeacher EducationDevelopmentalInternships

Service Learning Enforces Core Learning Objectives

Meeting General Education Goals Through Service Learning

Communication: Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.

Critical thinking, problem solving, and information literacy: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills in analyzing information gathered through different media and from a variety of sources.

Humanities: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions.

Diversity and global perspective: Students will analyze the implications of commonalities and differences among culturally diverse peoples.

Examples of Service Learning Activities

Tutoring and mentoring young children Developing marketing plans Providing assistance at food banks, blood drives

and hospitalsHelping children and the elderly to learn about

computers or develop web pagesAssisting non-profits with video/photo

documentaries of agency history and special topics

Assisting in police departments, probation offices & court houses

Education“As a Pre-Service Teacher Educator, it is my duty to immerse my students in K through 12 schools and classroom settings in the most effective and productive way possible. Service Learning offers that opportunity so naturally and practically! These aspiring teachers engage in authentic learning experiences that allow them to reflect on the teaching and learning process from multiple perspectives: the students’, the cooperating teacher’s, and most importantly, their own. ”

Kathryn Purvin, M.EdProgram Coordinator and InstructorEducation

Student Quote - Foundations of Education"Taking part in Service Learning at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) changed my life! It was my first sense of accomplishment and my first act of campus involvement during College. The ability to work with children, which I love to do, and gain experience as an Education major was an

immense blessing. Service Learning instilled a level of confidence in my capabilities to pursue a career in education. Thank you RVCC for the incredible opportunity!"

Math Service learning students usually start out with a fairamount of trepidation. But during the semester theyoften: • Have their first lifetime experience of having

someone look up to them as a mentor,• Learn what they want to do with the rest of their

lives----or what they don’t want to do• Gain self-esteem and confidence,• Understand the self-gratification that volunteering

can bring,• Feel responsible ---sometimes for the first time---

for someone or something other than themselves.• Come back to me as better, more focused, and

often more mature students.”

Sheila MeimanAdjunct Assistant ProfessorMathematics

Student Quote – Math“I have done SL before and I enjoyed it. I expected it to be about the same this time. I didn’t really think it would matter that I was doing 1st grade instead of 4th. … Overall it was a great learning experience. I wish I had more time to spend with the students because it is amazing how they look up to you for coming to help them. …I think I have realized that 1st grade is a little too young for me. I think I would need a little more patience. This experience has made me realize that I would like to eventually work with students that are a little older..”

“Service learning not only provides students with a rich physical grounding of the ideas and concepts discussed in class, but a sense of purpose for their learning. It shows them how their knowledge and understanding can benefit our communities and the natural world of which they are a part. In doing so, students are able to develop a sense of purpose and meaning for themselves, their education, and the role that each has to play in the world they live in.”

Dr. Jay Kelly InstructorBiology &Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Student Quote – Environmental Science

"While working as a Service Learning intern, I have come to understand what the word community truly means and how this program facilitates learning while serving the community. It was a very enriching experience for me."

Nursing“Trends in Nursing service learning projects offer RVCC nursing students a unique opportunity to work directly within the community. Each year community agencies become more and more aware of our Trends projects, and have contacted us to solicit help in creating and disseminating information into the community. Students develop critical thinking skills, individuality and civic pride by partnering with community businesses, schools and agencies.”

Trends in Nursing Faculty:Susan Williams APN.C., Assistant

ProfessorJanice Buttler APN.C., Associate

ProfessorMary Balut APN.C., Assistant Professor

Nursing Students at Work

Shears for Tears

Assessment of Student Learning• Reflection Activities

Examines subject matter through journals, essays, groupdiscussions, role playing, power point presentations

Student SurveysIdentifies learner outcomes on personal, social and academicexperiences

Open LettersOffers feedback from students, faculty and community members

Agency Feedback SurveyProvides information on student performance

Community Advisory BoardProvides guidance and oversight for project

Interfaith Hospitality Network Serving the Homeless

Service learning students working with our clients are exposed to the issues first-hand while serving a variety of needs for our agency. As students focus on activities to benefit our clients, they also serve as positive role models for our clients to aspire to move beyond their high school diploma or GED. What is consistently offered is a “win-win” situation for the students, our clients and our agency.”

Evidence of College’s Success and Resulting Value to Community

2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role with Distinction

2009 Presidents Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service

2009 Economic Vitality Award from the Somerset Business Partnership

2008 Service-Learning Collaboration Award from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement for work with social service agencies

2008 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Next Steps Advancing the Field of Service Learning

Service Learning

Jacki BelinDean for College Advancement

[email protected], x 8205

Contact Information


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