Impact of Service-learning on Agencies
According to the 2009 APG Consulting study Non-Profit Partners' Perceptions: SSU's Center for Community Engagement, SSU students and community partners each gain 50% in the service-learning partnership.
National research shows that community organizations report that service-learning:
- Increases their satisfaction with student volunteerism
- Provides useful service to communities
- Enhances University relations
- Provides access to university resources
- Provides positive relationship opportunities with the university
- Builds awareness of community issues, agencies and constituents
- Provides opportunities to contribute to the educational process
- Provides affordable access to professional development
- Provides short- and long-term solutions to pressing community needs
- Provides opportunities to have an impact on student cultural understanding by providing community voice
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