The Drake University Community Engagement & Service-Learning Office serves as a resource to students, faculty, staff, community partners and neighborhoods. Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Drake have been nationally recognized by both the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the Community Engagement Classification and Corporation for National and Community Service for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Service-Learning is a significant pedagogy that can be used to fulfill Drake University's mission to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. For the past twenty years, research has shown community engagement and service-learning opportunities foster one of the best experiential and collaborative-learning environments for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Community Engagement and Service-Learning are designed to link service to learning outcomes in order to deepen student's development process. It goes beyond charitable work and "doing good." It is a partnership, meeting a community need, while building the knowledge and skill sets of students. Read more about the Drake definition of community engagement and service-learning under the About Us section.
I am proud to be at an institution that values the work of service-learning and community engagement. I hope you find the website useful and that it may serve as a launching pad for more thought provoking conversations, the development of service-learning curriculum, the advancement of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of community engagement.