Centers of Distinction

Service Learning

Service Learning, as defined by Learn and Serve America, "is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."

At Hiram College, service learning courses:

  • Provide academic content and experiences whose student-learning outcomes are enhanced by activities beyond the traditional classroom
  • Provide service activities, which by design reinforce course learning objectives & enhance student learning
  • Identify and provide a service, such as volunteering of time and giving of resources, to members of a local, national, global or ecological community
  • Offer structured opportunities for reflection
  • Enhance civic responsibility and create a broader understanding of opportunities for civic engagement within the discipline being taught
  • Provide student preparation and support for service activities
  • Respect and acknowledge the sustainability of the service and relationship with the community partner
  • Maintain mutual respect and reciprocity between students and the community partner
  • Include systems for student, course, and community partner evaluations
The Center for Engaged Ethics hosts an annual Campus Day, where students get a day off from classes to perform community service.
In March 2012, the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship hosted the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's idealabs 2012 competition. Several area colleges attended.
The Center for Literature and Medicine began a Disease by Performance course for the 2011-2012 academic year, where students wrote a play about autism, and performed it across the state to raise awareness.
The Center for Scientific Engagement regularly conducts research and programming at the James H. Barrow Field Station.
The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership launched a study to gauge the mood of young voters leading up to the 2012 presidential election. Scholar-in-residence Jason Johnson has provided commentary on the study on national media.
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature hosts a Visiting Authors Series each year. In 2012, Thrity Umrigar, author of "The Space Between Us" gave a convocation and book signing on campus.
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