College of Southern Maryland

Service-Learning in Maryland's Community Colleges Consortium

college of southern maryland, carroll community college,
 harford community college, howard community college
 and montgomery college

What is Service-Learning?

In 1990, the Corporation for National and Community Service conception of service-learning said that it:

  • Promotes learning through active participation in service experiences
  • Provides structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience
  • Provides an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
  • Extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community
  • Fosters a sense of caring for others (as adapted from the National and Community Service Act of 1990

Why is Service-Learning Important?

A national study of Learn and Serve America programs suggests that effective service-learning programs improve grades, increase attendance in school, and develop students' personal and social responsibility. A growing body of research recognizes service-learning as an effective strategy to help students by:

  • Promoting learning through active participation in service experiences;
  • Providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and writing about their service experience;
  • Providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations;
  • Extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and
  • Fostering a sense of caring for others.

Service-learning also strengthens both education and local communities by:

  • Building effective collaborative partnerships between schools or colleges and other institutions and organizations
  • Engaging parents and other adults in supporting student learning
  • Meeting community needs through he service projects conducted
  • Providing engaging and productive opportunities for young people to work with others in their community

Learn more about service-learning in higher education, join a service-learning listserv:


Join the Higher Education Service-Learning Listservs offered by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.   This electronic discussion forum  allows you to tap into a network of administrators, practitioners, researchers and students.

HE-SL Listserv (view use guidelines)
  Provides a forum for the discussion of issues concerning the higher education service-learning community. HE-SL Listserv discussions have evolved around curriculum requests, class assignments and the institutionalization of service-learning. Click here to search the HE-SL Archives to view past HE-SL Listerv discussions.
  You may subscribe to the listserv via the web interface at http://lists.etr.org/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=he-sl

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