Academic Service Learning

Northland's Academic Service Learning program is affiliated with Minnesota Campus Compact. This coalition of 48 college and university presidents is committed to strengthening communities through campus-community collaboration and education for informed and active citizenship.

What is Academic Service Learning (ASL)?

Academic Service Learning is a method by which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that ...

  • Meet actual community needs.
  • Enhance what is taught in the curriculum by extending student learning beyond the classroom.
  • Help to foster the development of a sense of caring for others through formal reflection.
  • Promote civic involvement.

Academic Service Learning is NOT ...

  • An internship
  • Cooperative Education
  • Simply Community Volunteerism

Benefits of Academic Service Learning

Students benefit from ASL by:

  • Using newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real life situations in their own communities.
  • Participating in and understanding their social responsibilities to their communities.
  • Acquiring skills and confidence.
  • Displaying dependability, trustworthiness, and responsibility.
  • Using critical thinking and problem-solving skills in completing assigned tasks.
  • Gaining hands-on experiences.

Colleges benefit from ASL by:

  • Directly serving their communities.
  • Breaking down barriers between the college and their communities.
  • Fulfilling accreditation criteria.

Communities benefit from ASL by:

  • Establishing long-term relationships with students and the college.
  • Utilizing the help of volunteers.
  • Providing potential for future involvement.

Faculty benefit from ASL by providing students the oppurtunity to:

  • Learn more and retain it longer.
  • Contribute more in classroom discussions.
  • Develop positive attitudes toward learning.

Summary of Projects

East Grand Forks Campus

Thief River Falls Campus