Norwich University Service Learning program

Advancing education beyond the classroom

Welcome to the NUSL Program online home. We have information, resources, and opportunities here for faculty, students, and community partners. Norwich University Service-Learning (NUSL) is the coordinating entity at Norwich University for service-learning projects: we connect courses with community needs, support ongoing projects, ensure high quality reflection and learning, and keep an eye and an ear out for community needs.

Norwich University defines service-learning as the incorporation of service into the curriculum. Norwich recognizes that service-learning must include:

  • Explicit connections between the service and course objectives (course credit is given for learning, not service).
  • Students engaged in activities which meet real community needs and/or goals.
  • Structured opportunities for students to critically reflect on their experience.
  • Genuine, active and sustained organizational commitment on the part of the college and the community.
  • Necessary training, supervision, monitoring, support, recognition, and evaluation to meet service and learning goals.

Students – What do you want out of your education?

You’re paying for your education, what do you want to get out of it? Get the most for your money and maximize your learning potential. Here is how —

Service-Learning is a resume builder

SL can be added to your resume like and internship or co-op. An SL project is a great topic to bring up in an interview to highlight your knowledge, hands-on experience, and your involvement in community needs related to your field.

Leadership skills through service-learning

You’ll learn about a new organization, communicate with staff, professionals, and/or class teammates. You SL experience may require project management, public speaking, or interpersonal skills.

Real-world experience

A service-learning project can give you experience in your discipline before you graduate.

It’s about learning, not hours

There are no minimum or maximum number of hours for SL. It’s about what you learned while you served.

Norwich University Scholars Program

The Norwich University Service-Learning Scholars are committed to amplifying and promoting student voice in the integration of community need and university curriculum. SL scholars are ordinary students at Norwich University who are involved with creating, maintaining, and growing service learning on campus. Ask any of them about the program. There is a place for you in the service-learning program! Contact the NUSL Program for more information.

Faculty — Service learning and your courses

Visit my.norwich for a more in-depth look at service-learning.

Community Partners

Check out the CPbrochure (PDF) for an overview of service learning.

The NUSL Program strives to meet community needs through the Norwich University curriculum. If you believe that your organization or group has a project that could benefit from the involvement of Norwich University students—through their courses—please contact the NUSL Program at 802-485-2889, or a href=”mailto:dbyrne@norwich.edu”>dbyrne@norwich.edu. NUSL staff will be more than happy to find a match between your needs and the learning objectives of a Norwich University class.

What is the difference between volunteering, service learning, and internships?

Volunteerism is service provided to a community on an individual’s own time.

Service Learning is the incorporation of service into the curriculum.

Internships are career-based experiences often for credit or pay and often with a for-profit company.

At Norwich, you can approach the NUSL Program, the Office of Volunteer Programs, or Internship Coordinators and we’ll help you find the appropriate office for your need. Service learning works directly through a course and class syllabus. Remember, Norwich defines service learning as the incorporation of service into the curriculum. And Norwich recognizes that service-learning must include:

  • Explicit connections between the service and course objectives (course credit is given for learning, not service).
  • Students engaged in activities which meet real community needs and/or goals.
  • Structured opportunities for students to critically reflect on their experience.
  • Genuine, active and sustained organizational commitment on the part of the college and the community.
  • Necessary training, supervision, monitoring, support, recognition, and evaluation to meet service and learning goals.

The Community Partner Program

When looking at our composition in the spring of 2005, we had a nice complement of students, faculty members, community organizations, and “friends” of the program all involved in some way or another. However, we were missing a vital piece…a voice was not being heard in our program. So due to a generous grant from Vermont Campus Compact, we were able to start our community partner program.

Now sustainably funded by Norwich, NUSL Community Partners are involved members of the Vermont community who have been trained in service learning. Community partners bring valuable perspective and experience to the NUSL Program and better connect NU faculty, staff, and students to the community-at-large. They participate in activities, as required by the program, to generate a deeper understanding of service learning. Community partners recognize that service learning is both a valuable part of the Norwich experience and a benefit to Vermont and the local communities.

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