In seeking to better connect social responsibility and ethical development to the academic mission of the university, a major concern of CESR is assisting with the organization and development of service learning courses at the University of Alabama that engage community organizations in partnerships with academic courses, a pedagogy known as service learning. By developing service learning courses in all academic disciplines of the University, CESR hopes all graduates cultivate a sense of their ability and responsibility to solve important structural problems facing their communities and are prepared to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 26,000 UA students completed approximately 1,121,341 hours of community service with more than 183 community partners. An estimated 11,000 students participated in 105 service-learning courses led by faculty members from every college on campus.
For more information about this exciting pedagogy, see What is service learning? Find the service-learning course list and community-service opportunities at The University of Alabama through Service-Learning Pro. SL Pro is a Web-based database to track and organize all service-learning and community-service activities at UA. Please contact Jessica Lovett at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your service-learning course to SL Pro.