Center for Academic Service-Learning

About the Center

The Center for Academic Service-Learning's primary purpose is to educate, support, and provide resources that further the goals of academic service-learning, including in the creation, integration, or expansion of service-learning within an academic course.

The Center for Academic Service-Learning achieves this through the support of academic service-learning courses and/or programs that:

  • Provide training and resources, including professional development workshops for faculty;
  • Enhance academic learning by enabling students to apply knowledge and skills gained through academic study and critical reflection;
  • Guide students to discover and live their purpose with real-world learning experiences;
  • Empower undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines for a lifetime of service and civic engagement;
  • Develop and strengthen sustainable reciprocal partnerships between the university and community, including with non-profits, and the public and private sectors;
  • Educate and broaden awareness of local, regional, domestic, and global social problems through our community partnerships;
  • Cultivate a distinctive educational culture that recognizes and celebrates service at CLU


Criminology students at the Ventura County Rescue Mission (VCRM)


Partaking in this service-learning project allowed me to deepen my knowledge of theories and solutions to crime by actively engaging in an actual rehabilation program. Successful learning consists of taking what is learned in the classroom, and transplanting that knowledge to the outside world, which enriches that knowledge further. - from a CLU student in criminology

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